Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New California Law Will Hurt Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers

I have already reported on how the recently passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) in California makes it illegal as of today, January 1, 2020, for freelance writers who reside in the state to create more than 35 pieces of web site content in a year for a single company, unless the outlet hires them as an employee. It has already cost some bloggers their jobs. (See: Thank's Lefties: California Sports Bloggers Lose Their Jobs).

But the damage will go way beyond bloggers. It will hurt pretty much all independent workers in the booming gig economy.

Mayor Don Sedgwick of Laguna Hills, California explaines to Fox Business what is really going on. That it is government in cahoots with unions that can't compete with the gig economy that is trying to damage the independent workers:
This entire law is based upon a lie and the lie is these workers want to be reclassified. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have got to see it what it is, call a spade a spade. They are not trying to help these workers. They are trying to help the competitors to these workers, taxi unions who frankly are losing the battle against these workers who are independent contractors and doing a fine job. Most of these independent contractors chose this voluntarily because the agreement works for them. They got the flexibility to work when they wanted, how they wanted, the hours they wanted.
It is the old story of government under the guise of "helping" actually creating regulation to benefit a crony bunch close to the powers that be in government by hurting competition---and making the economy less efficient. Thus, putting downward pressure on the general standard of living.

The PPS is the only sound solution.


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