Will Job-Saving Amendments Make it by Wednesday?

Date: July 08, 2019

Big week ahead before California Legislature breaks for summer vacation

Contact: John Kabateck, California State Director, 916-956-9027, [email protected],
or Shawn Lewis, Policy Director, 916-342-9315; [email protected],

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 8, 2019—It’s much more than about Uber and Lyft. Millions of Californians currently enjoying the freedom of being their own boss as independent contractors will also have their eyes peeled Wednesday, July 10, to see what amendments to Assembly Bill 5 made it and which didn’t.

It’s also more than just about Assembly Bill 5. Other measures dealing with paid family leave, internet privacy, extending the sales tax to services, and other legislative proposals of importance to California small businesses await to see if offered amendments are incorporated Wednesday. Legislators will break for a month’s vacation after finishing their business Friday, and return August 12.

“Right now, the fate of amendments we and other business associations have asked be incorporated into Assembly Bill 5 top the list of importance to us,” said John Kabateck, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, the state’s and nation’s leading small-business advocacy association.

“The California Supreme Court wildly overstepped its authority in ruling on last year’s Dynamex case, taking for itself what is rightfully and historically the responsibility of the Legislature. If AB 5 can’t clean up the mess the Court left, it will only exacerbate what has become the two Californias: One with a thriving and prosperous tech industry along its coast; the other with inland and Central Valley communities struggling with regulatory overreach unprecedented in our state’s history that is forcing more and more Main Street enterprises to pack it up and head to Nevada or Arizona.”

In a letter to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez requesting amendments to AB 5, NFIB Policy Director Shawn Lewis wrote, “Independent contractor relationships provide millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to pursue their dreams, yet the rigid ‘ABC’ test established by Dynamex and the threat of litigation presented by retroactive application jeopardize these opportunities.”

Click here to read the full, two-page letter.

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