Understanding California AB 5

last updated 9/7/21

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) extends employee classification status to some consultants for workers compensation. Under AB5, companies must use a three-pronged test to prove workers are independent contractors, not employees. AB5 was designed to regulate companies that hire gig workers in large numbers, such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Assembly_Bill_5_(2019)

Approximately 100 professions were specifically exempted from AB5, including engineers, architects, doctors, dentists, psychologists, insurance agents, stockbrokers, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, travel agents, graphic designers, songwriters, youth sports coaches, and some freelance writers, producers, and cartographers, as they are seen to generally directly work with and set their prices to customers.

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