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Has AB5 affected you yet?

Earlier today, I had a call from the HR director at one of the colleges where I teach one night a week. She called to tell me that I can no longer be classified as an independent contractor, and that under California's new law, AB5, I must be treated as an employee.

OK. No big deal for me. I don't really mind. And the college doesn't either, because they're a big operation and run a significant payroll. Although it does cost them a little bit more to treat me this way, it's not much in the overall scheme of things.

But for smaller businesses and freelancers, this classification question can be a big deal. Some have estimated that having an employee costs as much as 30% more than using the same worker as an independent contractor. They can't really pass all of that cost along to the employee, by lowering the base rate of pay, so it hits them in the wallet.

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A Billion Dollars

A Billion Dollars

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at

  • WIPO opens consultation on the copyright questions raised by creative AI | Complete Music Update
  • Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications
  • Kanye West, EMI Back in Court After Failing to Finalize Settlement
  • Alex Jones and InfoWars Ordered to pay $126 k in Legal Fees for Failing to Obey Court Order 
  • Operative Date for Public Domain is Moving Forward
  • “Grapes of Wrath” Movie Adaptation Dispute Headed to Supreme Court
  • Disney Calls Unauthorized Merch Sales by Fans Copyright Infringement

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