Coaches, musicians and more to be exempted from California labor law under Democratic plan
California Democrats on Thursday released a final package of exemptions to a new state labor law that requires businesses to give benefits to more employees, allowing more leeway for youth sports coaches, artists, appraisers and insurance field representatives to work as independent contractors. The proposed exemptions come in the form of Assembly Bill 2257, a “clarification bill” to the 2019 labor law known as Assembly Bill 5. The bill with proposed exemptions is backed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who was the main advocate for the new labor law. Gonzalez has said she knew AB 5 would have to be refined after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it last year. It’s been challenged in court by truck drivers and by gig economy tech titans like Uber and Lyft. A coalition of tech companies that includes Uber, Lyft and DoorDash is also seeking to exempt gig economy drivers from the law through a ballot initiative. The law restricts when businesses can label workers as independent contractors versus employees. It requires companies to give employee benefits to workers such as overtime and sick leave to more workers. The existing law requires companies to determine whether a worker is an employee using a three-part “ABC” test.