Hirschfeld Kraemer’s John Baum was quoted in the January 13, 2020 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle in an article entitled “How AB5 affects gig rivals: One gets more business, one exits California.” The article profiles two gig companies, BlueCrew and Wonolo, whose business models involve connecting workers to blue-collar jobs. As stated in the…

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This November’s general election may see a proposed ballot measure exempting app-based rideshare and delivery drivers from California’s A.B. 5 — if the necessary threshhold for signatures can be met by June 25. A.B. 5, a sweeping new law which went into effect on January 1, codifies the “ABC” test for determining whether workers are…

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Dan Handman‘s comments to the Daily Journal appeared in an October 24, 2019 article entitled “New state laws signal arbitration scrutiny, legal experts say” (subscription required). As the article explains, California’s recently signed A.B. 51 prohibits employers from making arbitration agreements a condition of employment, while S.B. 707 imposes sanctions against parties who force arbitration…

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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…

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HK’s Derek Ishikawa provided perspective on AB5, the California State Assembly’s proposed rule governing so-called “gig workers” (independent contractors) to the San Francisco Chronicle in a September 5, 2019 article entitled “Some sectors warn that AB5 could hurt workers, raise prices” (subscription required). Supporters of AB5 include a strong Democratic majority, labor leaders, and Governor…

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