In September 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed State Bill AB 5 making it more challenging for employers to classify workers as independent contractors. Have you been working as a freelancer in CA? Have you been hiring freelancers?
An excerpt from Chloe Veltman’s article below:
“The new law, which will reclassify many former freelancers as employees when it takes effect on Jan. 1 next year, will grant more benefits such as paid sick leave, overtime and expense reimbursement to workers across the state. Yet it’s still unclear how the law will affect artists and entertainers …, who do all kinds of gigs for all kinds of clients, and whose practices don’t always align with the legal requirements of an employer-employee relationship.”
It’s still unclear how artists – particularly teaching artists and dancers – will be affected by AB 5. The following documents give you some background and provide you with resources to protect and advocate for yourself. Stay engaged with the conversation! There may be opportunities to take action!
Making Teaching Artists Employees by Jean Johnstone
Gig Economy Regulations Leave Artists’ Futures Unclear by Chloe Veltman
AB5 Updates and Resources by Californians for the Arts
Arts Ed Contractor or Employee? What You Need to Know webinar with Jean Johnstone, Kyle Kate, and Nancy Ng (Luna’s Executive Director of Creativity & Policy)
Employing Teaching Artists: Luna Dance Institute Strives to Professionalize the Field by Cherie Hill (Luna’s Director of Community & Culture)
California Assembly Bill 5 and Worker Misclassification: Their Effects on Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations by Victoria Plettner-Saunders, Principal, WolfBrown and Arlene Yang, Esq., Partner, Brown Law Group