", Margarita Reyes: "The rhetoric "they" use is an attempt to demonize us & validate THEIR cause. We made the very difficult decision to cut the orchestra, the cost of which is very close to the cost of complying with AB5. AB 5 is taking away my choices and my livelihood away. Some want us to get LLC’d before we work for them but that’s not logical given the expenses to even do business in CA as a ‘business’ of one person. These schools hire me because their staff can’t play the keyboards. ", Wendy: "As a freelance journalist, this bill is devastating to me and my ability to earn enough money to support myself. Current teachers are sweating it when their contracts expire - they assume they'll be cut loose. On January 15th I woke to find all the shows I had scheduled for the year canceled due to AB5. At the very least, there should be a length of employment feature or number of clients/employers so that it becomes clear when a company hires someone all year on 1099 contracts they are really an employee, but if they do a few shows as a performer, etc, they are a short term specialist on contract. I still have to go through the whole song and dance of payroll to become an actual employee, costing the church an additional approximately 40% to hire me. Who is she to think she knows what’s best for me? I have been contacted by out of state companies that used to hire me directly to tell me that now I need to register with a labor company of their choice so that they can hire me through them, essentially putting a middle man between me and my income. Due to #AB5, they decided it was a legal concern & opted to use talent from Arizona. I don’t care how you cut it, you’re of the same thread. Many work for companies outside of California and have already been informed that their services have been replaced by transcribers in other states. I just made the first payment on $6k a year workers comp policy. Since AB 5 took effect, Ari and Adrianne said they have seen dozens of performers, mixers, engineers, music teachers, orchestra ensembles, etc. Now, California will not allow stringers to shoot news footage, and that has a trickle down effect because we have no stringer footage to license, we lose, and the tv stations have no video for their news stories. That too might change if the companies slash the number of available drivers on their fleet. The additional 20-30% cost of payroll and insurance is also prohibitive for many prospective clients. You simply can not win and go broke trying. I'm hoping for a miracle, as this is the only opportunity most of these kids have to experience live theater. I’m already hearing from past clients that they have no idea what’s going on with their health when it comes to doctors appointments as the hearing aren’t empathetic to their situation at all. My other side jobs I use to sustain myself are freelance gigs that are on my own accord and I enjoy. @AsmEGarciaAD56 please vote against AB5. Fuel and maintenance expenses alone are tremendous. I also own an event planning company. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio – the surcharge on packages proposed by Assemblyman Carroll’s bill would only continue to hurt taxpayers as they try to survive the pandemic. "", Kelly, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Kelly: "I'm an independent contractor in the events industry. ", "Solo Ensemble Festival March 9th Cancellation, Due to California Assembly Bill AB 5, we are no longer able to contract with individuals that do not work for our school district. My helpers are moms who want the flexibility to work at their own schedules and say no to any gig they don't want. I lost that job at the beginning of January when the law took effect. One if the children's theaters I work for has been serving title one schools for 88 years. Some jobs take days when others can take months .These men invest thousands of dollars on equipment to be prepared to work when called on. We are working hard to navigate through the new CA #AB5 law, but as we are not a corporation that can pay band members on a payroll, we are unsure of how to proceed. In commercial real estate transaction only can a Certified General do the work. ", Maria Jones: "I'm a stenographer/captioner for broadcast television. On top of this I’ve been told that you would have to get, every year, separate Intellectual Property Rights Agreements from everyone that employees you otherwise, anything you create, develop, or have video taped will be owned by the employer, NOT YOU. So now does my employer offer me benefits and a 401 k and if business shows do I go on unemployment . I have a bachelors degree as well as a teaching credential I am not a victim, I choose to work as an independent contractor because it is what suits my life best at this moment. Like most comedy clubs, they rotate the acts each week. I would not be able to work in any capacity, other than self-employed. And it’s very frustrating that the many, many people who raised these exact concerns in the months before AB5 actually went into effect were dismissed. Please help us.”", Eliza James: "Another #AB5 casualty. They are the latest CA family to leave the tarnished Golden State. Even before this reprehensible law went into effect, lawyers for the Pasadena facility where she teaches came to pressure the facility to change her status to employee. Well, we're in crunch time folks. His confirmation will ensure that a radical-left agenda of reversing internet freedom, pushing municipal broadband, and levying burdensome regulations that kill innovation will not get railroaded through the FCC.". I've already told the other piano payers they have the option to take less, or not do the event and I send the deposits back to the clients with a soiled reputation on a show I've invested $300,000 on building since 2013. ", Carolyn Comings: "I began working as a medical transcriptionist in 1972, and I held a CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) credential for much of my career. Some oil field companies have on-site welder, but at times need more help, as temp only. Some of the theater companies I work for are either cancelling shows or having to make some adjustments that are not sustainable in the long run. Take that away and my family is homeless including my 11 month old baby. Agents must work under a broker and appraisers who do lending work must get their work from appraisal management companies. I am a Cert General and can appraise anything from your dog house to your shopping center. I teach my own classes, no one oversees my classes or content. Who will hire a sick senior like me? None of my clients knows what to do with this new legislation. With AB5 I will not be able to make ends meet with the extra income I earn working remotely as an independent contractors. ", Michael: "With this law, I'd never have been able to make the short films I have in the past. Either way, I’m pretty sure the goal of AB5 isn’t to make people leave California. ", Mary Anderson Harrison: "I am a photo stylist. The owner sells hair products and accessories and if my client buys anything, I got 20% commission. The solution, from my perspective? The agent is replacing all Santas living in California with out of state Santas to get around AB5. Sometimes I'm the contractor, sometimes I'm the one contracted. President and Chief Executive Officer This flawed legislation favors urban areas where a small business can presumably draw from a regular supply of "temp" workers via an agency. It is disrespectful to rural populations to assume that what may work in San Diego or LA will also work in Mendocino, Humboldt or any rural area of our beautiful state. "", Marina, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Marina: "I'm a certified court interpreter. I already have a business license and $1M business insurance. #RepealAB5. ", Laurie: "@LorenaAD80 this was my situation. Some people have theories and legal opinions about this bill. This could put me out of business. It’s devastating. ", Deirdre Hamilton: "My partner is a wedding videographer who, it now appears, will have issues hiring other videographers to be his 2nd shooters at events and “per/project” editors. It severely cripples it! ", Amy: "I'm a freelance writer who's worked for a decade at my craft. I couldn’t quote on a multi-million dollar contract because of AB5.”". My work means everything to me. We freelance for several firms, set our own schedule, don't need benefits. Another light flickering out. ", Jennifer: "I own and run a very small business as a postpartum doula and Lactation educator and I enjoy being independent and autonomous. We sadly MAY need to cancel all future shows. One of the largest agencies in the area said it’s not good enough, they want me to get an LLC. I’ve been devastated by it. You have all heard me on movies, radio, tv, you just don't know it! A graphic artist, not a driver. Will practice independently as an FNP in another state. I moved home to CA in 2012 after my marriage ended (in which I was supporting spouse so no alimony/child support) w/only what fit in the back of my Ford Flex to help my dad post-stroke. The Deaf community struggles to get equal access all the time...especially in medical/hospital settings...this has made it worse. Nicholas Wapshott's recent book is even titled Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics. Posted by Clara Diaz on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, 11:34 AM When this law came into effect, my soon-to-be boss decided NOT to bring me on as an “employee" because I would essentially now be in direct competition with her. Suddenly, O’Connell’s 1099 work was slashed. ", Manny Mota: "So Bird Scooters just laid off 406 employees in a 2-minute Zoom call. ", Dakota Sottosanto: "Well @JoeBiden as a CA registered Democrat you just lost any chance of my vote. This law has created incredible turmoil for lots of non-profits with whom I work. Check it out below. It baffles me as we are independent in every respect. ", Heather Ares: "Speech Language Pathologist. It is going to negatively affect my earning for the year. I worked during their nap times, and then added more hours as they went to school. At the end of 2019, I quit my job at our local historical society to start two part-time businesses: freelance writing and a genealogy/historical research business. I’m a freelance video editor. O’Connell spent her formative years in Chicago, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in fiction writing and commercial art. I am also a professional performing artist and I haven’t even begun to look into how my work will be impacted there. ", Robert Seutter: "I tell stories for a living. I started singing Jazz on the streets and subways of NYC, and now, busking on the promenade in Santa Monica completely sidesteps all the AB5 BS until politicians can fix the issue for us musicians!! The majority of the time we hire an independent artist about 1-10 times a year for a single day event based on the entertainment we provide. I am an independent contractor and can work at home while my little ones go to bed or are in school. Being forced to be W-2'd instead of 1099 does not allow us to deduct legitimate business expenses. No school hires an interpreter full time they use staff! #RepealAB5. #mylabormychoice. On average, I design 4-5 shows per year. This is always how my industry has operated and it seems to work for everyone. IBelieve this bill is uniting both sides of the aisle. ", Mary Harrison: “AB5 resulted in the closure of outpatient clinics and healthcare centers in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. We are currently in the final week of rehearsals for an opera. #AB5 upended my retirement & is destroying my life & freedom to do the work I love. ", Julie Steele Casaccia: "We’ve been told by one of the largest agencies that unless we have an LLC by February, our contracts will be void. I was making a good money, taking my breaks when I feel like. Now our clients use remote interpreting w/out of state providers. Die Hayek-Ökonomie wurde vom berühmten Ökonomen Friedrich August von Hayek gegründet. ", Micaela Novas: "Translation business-owner here. RN MSN healthcare educator. We tried everything we could to figure out a way to exist within the law, and there isn’t a way.”", Marcus Pun: "Hi Joe [Biden], Lifelong Democrat since McGovern, union supporter, #freelancer that got slammed by #AB5. As employees only, with no protections, there is a risk analysis that must be done whether the risk of the student debt is worth the low pay with restrictions on classification, which would further burden our field with needs not met in shortages. With Keynes's insistence that consumer "animal spirits" can only be revived with government stimulus, this should be done as a Robert Bly drum circle that will restore in us the manliness that it takes to spend.posted by Kylio at 10:59 AM on December 18, 2009 [2 favorites] Why is that so offensive to you? Sad, CA was my forever home. The work ebbs and flows. ", May Tuan Tucker: "Please convince me how it will benefit the schools and me when they only need me for their four performances a year of their high school musical. I share because our fields are related. I’ve moved up slowly but surely, and it will destroy everything I’ve worked for.”". This one view of AB5 has killed my future. We have volunteer musicians and hire gig performers for some concerts . AB5 has been a chain work train wreck, in that my work can, and has been curtailed, due to lack of independent working musicians, lack or larger production companies unable to hire short term subcontractors, and the increase in overall costs, from reclassification of workers, such as workers compensation, and income tax payments, and processing. This is not fair at all. But California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) takes away that ability and so much more. One Facebook group (for teachers for this company in California only) has 500 members and I know that's no where near all of us. Plus a fixed schedule that wouldn’t work for me as I am a full-time dad and aspiring fiction author.... I’m a man who wears many hats.". That may be true, but when an economy is in a slump, Hayek prescribes doom and despair to Keynes's optimistic approach. It also supplemented my social security and paid for ever increasing costs of insulin and other medical bills not covered by Medicare. I've spent thousands of dollars for soccer because I want to create a passion for the sport. As I look to complete my last California exam and become a licensed architect, I hope at some point to start my own firm and practice as an architect. ", Connie: "Please understand that my mother, a translator and interpreter for over 30 years, will no longer be allowed to speak for immigrants in the court system because of AB 5. We like the hustle, we like changing jobs. ", Joseph Knoop: "A third of my work as a freelance journalist was killed. This is a law that has the potential to create devastating, costly consequences for California business owners, not only for businesses that may need to purchase and absorb the cost of new workers compensation insurance after July 1st, 2020 (which they may not be able to afford), but for current workers compensation policyholders. My industry will go belly up if this law isn’t repealed! I have heart and back issues which prevent me from holding a full time job and prevent me physically from covering certain types of stories.Working from home and being able to pick and choose my assignments, has been a GodSend. I’m not a bot, I’m a person who could lose their livelyhood. I’m a working mom and must set my own schedule so I can be available for my daughter and all of her activities. I was terrified of becoming homeless. I’ve been working with them 5 years and they said they’re unable to use me until this mess is cleaned up for the music industry even though I’m an LLC. But my work requires proximity to the entertainment industry, and my wife’s job is here. You are killing the arts. Meanwhile money is not coming in, and I am back to burning savings (which for the time being is WORTH IT since I love what I am doing). I normally pay about a 50% Split to the ICs. I have been contracted with many music teachers over the years who have enjoyed the flexibility in their schedule while they pursue composing, performing and other teaching gigs. as single stipend or payment-per-appearance with 1099 (mostly in the three-figure range). Congrats, Lorena, you've just set $30,000 on fire. Aguirre explains that since the implementation of AB5, agencies view independent contractors differently: “Instead of being an asset to them, we’re a liability to them.”, Aguirre said that AB5 will destroy her life. “I’ve got four kids. As a freelance writer/military wife/mom I was able to support my fam, but due to AB5's restrictions, won't be able to continue in '20. Freelancers HAD all this PRE-#AB5. According to AB5, I have to employ my editor, even though he works out of his home six hours away, and I don't dictate his hours. Raising drop-in prices by $2 doesn't solve the huge burden on yoga studios and teachers by a long shot. AB5 is more about reeling in lost taxes than protecting misclassified employees. @KevinKileyCA for trying to help us. We are all independent and can no longer work, due to AB5. Much of the work I do is for Children’s Theater and typically I work with 50-80 children on each show. ", Jose Garcia: "The reason why I drive for Uber is the flexibility of schedule that I have with them. Starting today for a week we have 80 trucks out each day, we have 15 of our own and are hiring the rest. I have been paid a monthly stipend as an independent contractor. Their HR departments are behind in getting everything ready to fully "fire" us. What’s going to happen to me? So far they're keeping us, but not offering new contracts to anyone in California. It’s a sledgehammer where a chisel was needed. Making a living with one full-time job in the opera field rarely exists. This law has killed my chances before I've even begun. We first tried to give everyone the option to do an s Corp but then we realized it wouldn't work for us and wouldn't be legally sound after getting professional legal advice. This is like living in a surreal scary novel. The arguments they had in … It's all gig to gig employment that is 1099 based. At a time when Governor Newsom made the brave and correct call to create a No Kill California, I was all set to consult on this, given I have seven years of safe, no-kill public sheltering experience. I facilitate therapeutic art to underserved populations. 1000s of CA entrepreneurs are making the same decision: NOPE. Hi And 2) a person who worked on a one day annual charitable event who was hired by a subcontractor working for an agency we hired to staff. ", Lorri Cald: "Transcribers. AB5 is trying to take away that choice, to help the unions, not us. According to the new law, the rideshare companies that he would become an employee of would have to pay him overtime if he continued that practice, but odds are unless he received special permission, the app would not allow him to receive trip requests after 40 hours in a week. As I read the bill it seems that it will force me to hire other talent from outside the state and force people in state to move or become out of work completely. We are on hold as I can not take on this kind of liability. Now I cannot consult with shelters looking to improve their results. Insanity. I have a professional architecture degree from a top 10 program. ", Jon Fleischman: "Apparently one of my daughters dance competitions has been canceled thanks to the new AB 5 law. ", David Skale: "As a magician, I work for many different event planners. Ridiculous. Additionally lawyers can give no clear answer on business to businesses 1099 so we are in a holding pattern in terms of jobs. ", Kathleen Merrill: "I have had a CA S Corp for 25 years. He would have to become an employee for these companies. The few companies that do employ pay lower rates than when I first started my career with benefits that when factored in with adjusted hourly rates do not even come close to my current wages. Not only that, but there are so many amazing freelancers out there that could really use the money from the clients I’m bringing in. "", Marion, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Marion: "I'm a freelance translator and have clients who suspended all working relationships with California translators because of #AB5. Helping people in hospitals, pharmacies, hotels, rental companies, immigration agencies and much more. WTF, @LorenaSGonzalez ? Due to AB5, our client may now have to convert this independent contractor to an employee, but our client's current workers compensation policy will not provide coverage for any employees that work farther than 8 feet down. Conservatives oppose price controls because they utilize government power to forcefully lower costs in a way that distorts the economically efficient behavior and natural incentives created by the free market. ", Rebecca Walker Donaldson: "I'm a freelance writer who got my work through agencies outside of California. Nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals and should be treated as such. Those appraisers no longer practice in any state whatsoever because they broke the law. I bring in independent contractors to work one day and this law says I have to bring them into my payroll. Have an out-of-state relative "gift" you the rabbi's services. Sometimes on a larger gig I am put on payroll, but mostly I am an IC and submit an Invoice as a sole-proprietor. I don't know how I'll support my 3-year-old son & 6-month-old daughter. 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