June 11, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
The Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to advance two bills, A.B. 1850 and A.B. 2257, to the Senate. A.B. 1850 passed 73-0 and A.B. 2257 passed 70-0. The upper chamber has until Aug. 31 to send the bills on to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for his signature.
The bills would
allow self-employed professionals in creative industries—as well as translators, interpreters, and others who typically work for several employers on a contract basis—to maintain the independent status
that they say is necessary to their livelihoods. The measures are an olive branch to freelance workers and musicians who were among the most vocal critics of A.B. 5, the worker classification overhaul law enacted last year.
A.B. 1850 would affect freelance journalists and photographers, as well as insurance inspectors, translators, competition judges, appraisers, and other professionals. It would apply the previous classification standard established in the state Supreme Court’s 1989 decision in S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations, which centers on whether the employer has the right to control the manner and means of performing the work.