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California allows more exemptions from AB 5 labor law

Lorena Gonzalez
Posted at 4:13 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 19:14:58-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is exempting about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed Assembly Bill 2257, ending what lawmakers said were unworkable limits on services provided by freelance writers and still photographers, photojournalists, and freelance editors and newspaper cartoonists under Assembly Bill 5.

It also exempts various artists and musicians, along with some involved in the insurance and real estate industries. More job specifics covered can be found here on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's website, who authored both AB 5 and AB 2257.

The law that took effect this year was primarily aimed at ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which are fighting it in court and in a November ballot measure, Proposition 22, which would allow ride-hailing drivers to work as independent contractors.

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