October 17, 2019

The ABC’s of A.B. 5: Get Ready for the New Independent Contractor Law (Oct. 17, 2019)

On October 17, 2019, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP’s John Baum, Dan Handman, and Derek Ishikawa presented an informative 60-minute webinar about California’s new Independent Contractor Law, A.B. 5., passed on September 18, 2019.

The webinar 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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This landmark law radically changes the landscape of the state’s treatment of employees and independent contractors.

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.

Topics covered in the webinar:

  • 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.