At this point in time, it appears as if the California legislature created another monster. AB 5 will most certainly work its way through the California courts. It’s doubtful that the law will last in its present form.
Aaron Burdick is the proud owner of a Golden Retriever. When he's not writing articles, he's with his best friend playing fetch or cycling around the streets of Louisville.
In order to understand California bill AB 5, you need to understand the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles. That case gave employees certain protections from being misclassified as independent contractors as opposed to employees. The facts surrounding Dynamex aren’t terribly complicated. The New Classification Dynamex
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