Senator Chang Leads Efforts to Repeal and Replace Anti-Worker Law

Monday, February 24, 2020

Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have introduced a legislative package to counteract the job-killing impacts of Assembly Bill 5 (2019).  Senate Bill 806, co-authored by Senator Chang, would repeal and replace AB 5 with a new test which supports much more worker freedom and saves business-to-business relationships.  

"Some of the unintended consequences of AB 5 are that more than a million independent contractors are now struggling to earn a living and companies are cancelling contracts and refusing to hire California freelancers,” said Senator Chang. “I'm proud to work with my colleagues to author this much needed bill package. Let's protect Californians and fix this mess."

Included in the Republicans' legislative package are bills to help many of the industries that have been decimated by the anti-worker law and were left out of AB 5. Click here to read more about the legislative package.  

  • SB 806: Repeal & Replace AB 5 
  • SB 867: Protect Newspaper Carriers and Distributors 
  • SB 868: Protect Freelance Journalists 
  • SB 875: Exempt Interpreters/Translators 
  • SB 881: Exempt Musicians and Music Industry Professionals
  • SB 963: Protect Independent Umpires and Referees 
  • SB 965: Exempt Healthcare Facilities 
  • SB 966: Exempt Licensed Pharmacists 
  • SB 975: Assist Timber Industry 
  • SB 990: Protect APP-based drivers

BACKGROUND: 

Known as a job killer law, Assembly Bill 5 (2019) went into effect in January 2020. Independent contractors from across the state have been under attack and dealing with the negative impacts of AB 5. Click here to read more about the Legislative Analyst's Office report on AB 5.