Employment, health care round out CA ballot props

Employment issues, health care, and consumer privacy are represented by statewide ballot measures that voters will decide in November.

Gig company exemption
In 2018, the California Supreme Court created a test expanding the definition of who constitutes an employee as part of its decision in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. Assembly Bill 5, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019, updated state laws to comply with that decision.

AB 5 generally only allows workers to be considered “independent contractors” and not employees in situations where the independent contractors could set their own prices, earn double the minimum wage or more, and have direct communication with customers.

Thus, AB 5 had a number of sweeping consequences for many industries including music, freelance writing, trucking, the arts, and sex work. Some of those are being remedied through the legislative process. Newsom recently signed AB

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