On September 18, 2019, California enacted A.B. 5, a landmark law that radically changes the landscape of the state’s treatment of employees and independent contractors.
In this informative Oct. 17, 2019 webinar, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP lawyers Dan Handman, John Baum, and Derek Ishikawa provided a comprehensive overview of the new law to help companies learn how to navigate the sweeping changes that are coming with the passage of A.B. 5.
THE ABC’S OF A.B. 5: GET READY FOR THE NEW INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LAW
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Before January 1, 2020, when the law takes effect, California employers of all sizes and in all industries will need to re-evaluate how they classify workers. Although most of the attention has been focused on “gig” employers like Uber and Lyft, employers in real estate, publishing, entertainment, securities, and insurance, among many others, should pay careful attention because of the special treatment they get under the law. The law also finally provides concrete standards for treatment of workers on business-to-business contracts.
- The basic standards for deciding if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.
- The many industry-specific exceptions to the basic standard.
- How to create an ironclad business-to-business contract that will withstand scrutiny under the law.