California state lawmakers have just two weeks remaining in their session to sort through hundreds of bills -- and one of the most consequential may be AB-5, which codifies a California Supreme Court decision that would compel companies to classify gig workers as employees.
The bill would require companies to treat independent contractors like employees, guaranteeing them minimum wage, workers compensation and other protections. The proposal would be the nation's strictest on worker classification, potentially setting a precedent for other states. Companies say workers want to be independent because it gives them flexibility.
Larry interviews author of the bill, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) representing the 80th District, which stretches from central San Diego to the Mexican border; author of AB-5, the bill that codifies the Dynamex decision from the California Supreme Court