California Governor signs landmark gig-worker bill

CNET | 9/18/2019 | Dara Kerr
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It's official, the gig economy is about to undergo a major shakeup in California. State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a landmark bill, AB 5, into law on Wednesday, which could require companies that use independent contractors to reclassify their workers as employees. Such companies include ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, and delivery startups, such as DoorDash and Postmates.

"The hollowing out of our middle-class has been 40 years in the making, and the need to create lasting economic security for our workforce demands action," Newsom said in a statement. "Assembly Bill 5 is an important step."

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Uber and Lyft drivers are currently classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, which means they don't get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. Many drivers say this system has led to exploitation. They say they've seen lower pay, higher costs and longer working hours as the cost of living...
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