Assembly Bill 5 (or A.B. 5) in California is a piece of legislation that we're paying close attention to on behalf of our clients who use harbor truckers in and out of the state's ports. The legislation which passed the California Assembly and was signed by the Governor, is intended to protect workers in the gig economy - like ride share and food / product delivery drivers.
However, the law of unintended consequences means that this could ultimately affect whether or not trucking companies can manage the ebb and flow of their fleets through owner-operators. Some are reading this bill as meaning that the days of the owner-operator are numbered and that these drivers would need to be classified as employees of the company who is retaining them. If the latter becomes a reality, the cost for harbor trucking could increase.