November 10, 2020

John Baum Quoted in SF Chronicle on Impact of Prop. 22

John Baum was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in a Nov. 9, 2020 article entitled “Uber and Lyft Won Exemptions From California’s Gig-Work Law Through Prop. 22. Here’s Who’s Still Affected.”

The article explores the impact of California’s Prop. 22, which California voters approved by a substantial margin last Tuesday. Prop. 22 defines app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, effectively exempting them from A.B. 5. The provisions of A.B. 5 (which we blogged about here, here, and here) codified the so-called ABC test as a means of determining employment status.

After the passage of Prop. 22, many are wondering which professions are still affected by A.B. 5.

Baum told the Chronicle, “Even though Prop. 22 got a huge amount of attention, it didn’t impact a diverse set of markets, just (the gig companies),” adding that A.B. 5 remains “an impactful, significant statute on how business is conducted in the state of California.”

Click here to read the full article.

For more information, contact John Baum in the San Francisco office of Hirschfeld Kraemer, at, or (415) 835-9006.