Author of sweeping new California labor law says she intends to ease its restrictions on freelance journalists
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The author of a sweeping new California labor law said Thursday that she intends to ease its restrictions on freelance journalists and others after months of protests that it is already costing people their jobs.
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said in a series of tweets that she already has proposed legislative language removing a requirement that any freelancer with more than 35 submissions to a single media outlet in a year must be considered an employee.
It was just one of many efforts in the law to define which workers must be treated as employees rather than independent contractors. The law sets the nation’s strictest test for which workers must be considered employees and could set a precedent for other states.
Gonzalez said her new bill will “more clearly define freelancer journalism.”