California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Friday that exempts freelance journalists and a handful of other professions from a 2019 landmark labor law meant to protect gig workers.
In addition to the exemptions for freelance journalists, Friday’s bill also exempts producers, certain musicians, real estate appraisers and youth sports coaches.
While the original law was meant to benefit workers, freelance reporters, photographers and editors said the law created unreasonable limits on the amount of journalism work they could provide. The law included a provision barring freelancers from submitting more than 35 “submissions” to a single employer.
The 2019 bill AB 5 went into effect this year, targeting gig economy giants such as Lyft, Uber and Doordash. Those companies have repeatedly fought against it, threatening to shut down service in the state if the law is allowed to stand.
AB 5 essentially classifies drivers for the companies as employees rather than independent contractors, requiring the businesses to provide health insurance, mandatory minimum wages and other benefits afforded to employees.
The American Society of Journalists and Authors and National Press Photographers Association sued the state last December, the submission cap threatened their careers. That effort was blocked by a Los Angeles judge in January.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who wrote the bulk of the 2019 law, said on Twitter Friday that the new exemptions provide “more flexibility for musicians, journalists, photographers, creatives, interpreters & translators.”
While the new bill lifts the submission cap, it still holds in place a restriction from allowing contractors to replace an employee position.
Voters will decide this November on a ballot initiative backed by the companies whether to consider app-based drivers employees or independent contractors.
Another bill passed by the Assembly on Monday, called the Save Local Journalism Act, would provide relief to newspapers, particularly small ethnic organizations that have suffered from loss of advertising revenue due to the pandemic.
The largest indoor mall operator in the region, with locations including the Westfield Valencia Town Center, has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County over COVID-19 health guidelines that have kept the shopping centers closed.
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose 5th District includes the Santa Clarita Valley, and coauthored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to begin sharing data about veteran suicides between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Los Angeles County and explore the possibility of establishing a countywide veteran suicide review team.
Each October Circle of Hope recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual event, 31 Days of Hope to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of this disease.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — Fed up with the growing number of untraceable homemade firearms used in gun crimes and mass shootings, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a federal lawsuit Tuesday to force the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to crack down on so-called “ghost guns” that skirt laws requiring background checks and age verification.
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and coauthored by Supervisor Janice Hahn that will enable elementary schools to begin applying for a waiver to reopen grades TK-2 in schools, prioritizing schools with a high number of low-income students.
EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit higher education information technology association, awarded former California State University, Northridge Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Hilary J. Baker with its 2020 Community Leadership Award.
In its 2015 regional annual report, UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes international collaboration in education, science, and culture, listed Mozambique as one of the countries in Africa with the highest incidence of girl marriage.
Smoke from a brush fire dubbed the Martindale Fire in Bouquet Canyon near the Bouquet Reservoir was visible from areas in the Santa Clarita Valley shortly after the blaze broke out Monday afternoon, quickly burning 200 acres and threatening structures.
The global COVID-19 death toll surpassed 1 million Monday afternoon, a grim milestone in a pandemic that caught much of the world unprepared for a health crisis and left economies reeling, convulsed politics and fundamentally altered the world.
Newhall resident Daniel Bradley, a Vietnam veteran and Gold Star son, had the chance to fly to Washington, D.C., to attend a reception at the White House Sunday to honor Gold Star families and their loved ones who’ve died in service.