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Agreement to Amend CA’s AB5 Helps Music Industry

After over a year-and-a-half of lobbying efforts by the music industry and negotiations with lawmakers, it was recently announced that AB5 would be amended to accommodate musicians’ unique niche in the California economy.

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On Sept. 18, 2019, Assembly Bill Number 5 (AB5) became law in California, paving the way for dramatic changes in California’s gig economy. AB5 was designed to provide labor protections for “misclassified independent contractors,” including the application of minimum wage laws, overtime, sick leave requirements, and unemployment and worker’s compensation. Once put into practice, however, AB5’s negative impacts on industries that rely substantially on an independent contractor workforce quickly became illuminated. After over a year-and-a-half of lobbying efforts by the music industry and negotiations with lawmakers, it was recently announced that AB5 would be amended to accommodate musicians’ unique niche in the California economy.

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