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California Assembly Bill 5 - Upwork Comment

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Just wanted to add to this that today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a federal bill (HR 2474) with a test identical to the AB5 "ABC Test," but WITHOUT the long list of exemptions the California statute offers. 

 

Even with the exemptions, huge numbers of California freelancers have been thrown out of work. (You can read some of their stories here: https://rolls.bublup.com/Anderson/AB5-Personal-Stories

 

It's unlikely that the federal bill will become law during this session, as the Republican-dominated Senate won't likely support it. But, it's out there, and if it does pass will have a much more significant impact than AB5 has (in scope in addition to the fact that it will impact the whole country rather than just one state).

 

 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Obviously the best way to prevent the federal bill from becoming law is for Americans who oppose that law to not vote for whichever party put forth that law. If the Senate and executive branch were to be controlled by the party that passed the law in the House, then there is a good chance that this and other anti-freelancing laws would become law.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "huge numbers of California freelancers have been thrown out of work"

 

I believe this will continue to happen a long as AB5 is in effect.

This is how the law is intended to work.

It is an anti-freelancing law.


Even if the law were rescinded today, California freelancers would continue to be impacted because momentum from such a thing can't be reversed or halted immediately.

 

I no longer California, but that is where I'm from (San Ramon). I am a strong supporter of Californians and California freelancers. But as a freelancer myself, of course I don't support AB5.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Preston H wrote:

Obviously the best way to prevent the federal bill from becoming law is for Americans who oppose that law to not vote for whichever party put forth that law. If the Senate and executive branch were to be controlled by the party that passed the law in the House, then there is a good chance that this and other anti-freelancing laws would become law.


Organized pushback seems to be having an impact in California, and it's fair to assume that the spectacular failure of the California law will inform federal lawmakers and those in other states if it gets enough attention.

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