September 19, 2019

Derek Ishikawa Weighs in on A.B. 5 to Daily Journal

Derek Ishikawa was quoted in a September 19, 2019 Daily Journal article entitled “As contract work reclassification bill is signed, legal challengers are prepared.”

The Daily Journal article explores the expected legal fight over worker reclassification following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of A.B. 5. Many companies (such as Uber’s chief legal officer Tony West), are likely to argue in court that they should be exempt from the new law. Others may directly attack the law itself.

In the article, Ishikawa observed, “I would fully expect both kinds of lawsuits. I think you might have some direct attacks on A.B. 5, but it’s more going to be of the sort that Tony West is arguing.”

Ishikawa added that many employers, especially those who operate interstate business, are looking at whether there could be federal preemption issues that could exempt their industry from A.B. 5.

To read the full Daily Journal article, click HERE (subscription required).

Derek Ishikawa is an associate in Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP’s Santa Monica office. He can be reached at (310) 255-1803 or