Gonzalez’s AB 5 to Stop Worker Misclassification Passes Senate Committee on Labor

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, July 10, 2019) – California took another step toward ending the harmful practice of worker misclassification today as Assembly Bill 5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed the Senate Committee on Standing Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement on a 4 to 1 vote.

A coalition of around 500 supporters were at the State Capitol on Wednesday in a show of support for Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 5, which will codify the widely used workplace standard known as the “ABC test” that is prescribed in the Supreme Court’s Dynamex ruling to determine employment status of workers.

“The Dynamex ruling was a moral proclamation by the state’s highest court with a message that rang loud and clear: enough is enough,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said in her remarks to the committee. “We cannot sit by while companies pass off their own costs of doing business onto California’s taxpayers and responsible businesses, while depriving millions of workers of the labor law protections that they are rightfully entitled to.”

Workers and businesses owners were joined by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor, for a rally following AB 5’s passage from the committee on the North Steps on the Capitol.

TV media feed of rally: https://vimeo.com/347397286/6a5c07c81e

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Attached is the latest fact sheet for AB 5 which summarizes amendments made in committee today. The measure now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

For questions on AB 5 or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez visit https://a80.asmdc.org/