On July 10th, Worksafe joined workers and advocates in Sacramento to urge legislators to support Assembly Bill 5, a bill that aims to curb the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Hundreds rallied at the capitol and celebrated when the bill successfully passed out of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, & Retirement Committee.
Background: Last year, the California Supreme Court established a protocol for determining who is and isn't an employee. This unanimous court ruling, known as the Dynamex decision, is a big deal because it clarifies employer responsibilities for providing critical protections like minimum wage, overtime pay, expense reimbursement, and workers' compensation. AB 5, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (San Diego), aims to codify the Dynamex ruling in state law.
Worksafe will continue to fight for AB 5 as a member of the California Alliance for Secure Employment (CASE), an informal statewide network of organizations united in advocating for the rights of all Californians to secure and stable employment that provides dignity and a sustainable livelihood.