January 2020 Chapter Newsletter
A Roadmap for AB-5: California's New Law on Worker Classification
What is AB-5?

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) on September 18, 2019. This significantly altered the way California law distinguishes between employees and independent contractors.

AB 5 codified and expanded the California Supreme Court's decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, 4 Cal. 5th 903 (2018) (Dynamex).
Stated simply, AB 5 makes the new worker classification test established in Dynamex the general rule in most circumstances, though it does create several exceptions, which the Interior Design community is not a part of. For those exempted, the common law classification test will apply.

Given these exemptions and the stricter worker classification standards per this new California law, it's important for employers to understand both standards, when to apply each standard and when the law goes into effect. The penalties will be stiff if compliance is not adhered to. Our industry professionals need to understand how to navigate through this maze of legislation. The following white paper, provided by California Chamber of Commerce, outlines in detail the intricacies and difficulties of this complex law. This is not something to ignore because the criteria are steep.

If you would like to read a bit more in-depth about AB-5, click on link below.
Chapter Election -

The Chapter's Annual Board Member Election will be taking place this month. The election is held on-line, through a secure voting site. 

Voting instructions will be sent to eligible voters via e-mail when the election opens, by January 15th (or by snail mail to those who have opted out of chapter communications, or do not have a current e-mail address). 

You may view the 2020 Election Slate HERE

Only Professional, Allied, and Industry Partner Members in good standing before October 1, 2019,
are eligible to vote.
The 2020 ANDYZ Awards is Now Open for Submissions! -

The Holiday Soiree in Las Vegas.
Thanks to Hudson Valley Lighting for a lovely venue and delicious food!

We also had fun in Las Vegas for December's First Friday,
with Las Vegas Design Center and Acoustic Design Systems

UNLV Student Showcase, Monday, December 9th
ASID EVENTS - Sacramento
Sacramento, Thursday, January 9 :

Thursday, Jan 9th
5 - 7 PM
KTJ Design Co

We are sorry to inform you that the CEU event by Sherwin-Williams
on Thursday, January 9th, 2020  has been cancelled . It  will be rescheduled at a later date.

Las Vegas, Wednesday, January 29 :

Discover what Las Vegas Market is all about!

Join us on Wednesday, January 29th, at Las Vegas Market to learn the Ins and Outs of attending the biggest Furniture Show in the West! 
There will be a Brunch Reception, provided by European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone in the Kitchen and Bath Showcase – Building A-110, an 'Intro to Market' provided by the Las Vegas Design Center, an informational session on 'What Designers Need to Know to Make the Most of Market', by Jamie Stringham, ASID, plus a personal guided tour of Market Showrooms, led by Jamie Stringham, ASID.

January 29, 2019 | 9:30 AM
Las Vegas Market 

Meet outside the Exit Doors of the Registration Tent for Entrance Badges by 9:30 AM

An RSVP by January 22 nd is required
for Entry Badge to Market and Brunch.

Professional Designers are invited, please RSVP, so we have an accurate count for food.
for THE Chapter Event of the YEAR!
San Francisco: May 17 -18 :
Let’s all come together for High Style, Exclusive All Access Tours, and Networking.

Join us at our West Coast California / Central Nevada Conference on Sunday, May 17th and Monday, May 18th.

  • Meet on Sunday at 9:30 am at San Francisco Showcase House for an exclusive ASID tour at 10 am. Meet the Industry Partners sponsoring the Showcase House.
  • Then to de Young Fine Arts Museum at 12 PM for luncheon (not included) and a private docent tour of ‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’.
  • On Monday, meet at 9:00 AM at San Francisco Design Center for an exclusive tour of ASID Industry Partner showrooms. Get CEUs and see the Showcase House featured brands.

Ticket Cost for members $150 and Non-members $175 .  

Travel, food, lodging, and plans for extended stays on your own.

We''ll Stay at Villa Florence Hotel in the Heart of Union Square:

Conference Rate: $199 per night, and Resort fees waived.

Please call the Hotel’s Reservations Department at 844- 838-8701 to book your room. Reservations must be made by  Thursday April 16, 2020  to receive the discounted rate.

Attendees should identify themselves as being part of  American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Group  when calling.

If you are interested in attending or you wish to find out more about the conference, please e-mail
Jamie Stringham: intdynamics1@yahoo.com
Kara Maas: kmaas@imcenters

Las Vegas: January 21 - 23 :

Join ASID at The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), January 21-23, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
ASID is thrilled to showcase the impact of design through an exciting installation at KBIS that serves as an oasis that invites visitors to engage, ask broad questions, and explore the beautiful, impactful, and sometimes surprising ways that design impacts lives.

Learn more here: https://www.kbis.com/
Las Vegas: January 26 - 30 :
Las Vegas: January 26 - 28 :
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • 10:00 AM  11:00 AM
  • European Bath | Kitchen | Tile & Stone 

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 10:00 AM  11:00 AM
  • European Bath | Kitchen | Tile & Stone

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 2:00 PM  3:00 PM
  • European Bath | Kitchen | Tile & Stone 

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • 10:00 AM  11:00 AM
European Bath | Kitchen | Tile & Stone 

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • 2:00 PM  3:00 PM
  • European Bath | Kitchen | Tile & Stone 

Please RSVP to

SCALE - The ASID National Student Summit
Students, SAVE THE DATE-
Seattle, WA, February 21st -23rd -

EXPLORE what it’s really like to live like a designer while learning from a mind-blowing cast of speakers — all in support of landing that first professional job.
INTERVIEW for internships and entry-level positions at The ASID National Student Career Fair.
LEARN An amazing group of speakers will share their personal stories and inspire you to make your career aspirations realities.
EXPERIENCE your future career through tours of top Seattle design firms and projects.
SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit is THE must attend event of the year for interior design students who want to move ahead of the competition and toward a successful career.
Your Future Needs SCALE.

2/21/2020 – 2/23/2020
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM


Motif Hotel
Seattle, WA

Scottsdale, AZ, March 29 - April 1 -
March 29 - April 1, 2020, at the Fairmont Princess Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Learn More About The WELL Conference
Hear from ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Jennifer Kolstad, chair of the ASID National Board of Directors, and Kerrie Kelly, chair-elect of the ASID National Board of Directors, on the details around The WELL Conference.

More Details to come...