Now I'm terrified of losing my singing career, too. I will have about 50 employees that I pay one month of the year. Please reconsider this bill and the ramifications it has in regards to not just my business but many other businesses in the state of California.". Hell, no. There is no transitioning available for me at my age of 62. AB5 is harming me emotionally and financially. It's a career disaster. ", Anonymous: "@LorenaAD80 I'm a Democrat. Not to mention cause homelessness due to not allowed to work. I called Lorena Gonzales office to share my story and they hung up on me as I was speaking.I feel overwhelmed and powerless. Alaska I do have an S Corp. I can no longer write for these media. Unfortunately, it doesnt look like my current set-up will be acceptable and all my workers will likely be affected. I lost CA clients on Jan 1st due to this new law. ", Remi: "Too little, too late. ", Melissa Schuman: "My family & I have been seriously considering moving out of CA & now with #AB5 it’s the last straw. Give me a break! All for this terrible law. We set our pay and take the work if we want or don't want. I've been in business for 22 years. I have lost around 75% of my income. I matched hundreds of people in good jobs for years. Biden also said on Sunday that “we should put them in jail” when talking about fossil fuel executives. Because of Covid-19, I have found myself out of work since March 2020, but even when more dental offices are able to reopen and patients feel comfortable enough to see a dentist again, the lab I contract for may not be able to afford to hire me back as "an employee." When I started in entertainment journalism, I was the only woman covering geek news. Because of #AB5, I've already lost one lucrative contract this year & fear others will follow.”", Myrna, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Myrna: “I work with a company doing remote dental billing to supplement my Social Security. It makes no sense to become an employer. Some of these increased costs, have to be passed on to my clients. ", Chad Reisser: "Hey @LorenaSGonzalez . On top of COVD, enforcing AB5 will crush the arts community. I may not be able to call on specialist IC's. ", Nancy Kuo: "This law also affects the youth orchestras and ensembles. ", Dan Fung: "Doctors of Chiropractic are not exempt so basically they discriminated within the healthcare system. The paper is losing quality content and I'm losing my anchor gig. Like most gig-based performers, I have a variety of clients, schools, faires, museums, libraries, cultural festivals. ", Kassy Jo: "I grew up poor and receive no financial support from my family. ", Scott Meslow: "So: I just lost my first gig to AB5. I've had no issues at all, as far as needing government protection. I was terrified of becoming homeless. Some of these companies have been in business for as long as 50 years!!!! Themed Entertainment closed. #AB5 only guarantees minimum wage. We cannot afford the overhead necessary to do payroll nor due to AB5 want the risk, for these freelance gig performers. I am heartbroken. In between writing for outlets like The Washington Times and teaching yoga classes, in 2016, she received her advanced yoga certification. Our business is bleeding!". Our services are primarily (I don’t have numbers) to provide access and to comply with Federal ADA Law. ", Christine: "Thanks a lot #AB5! ", Marianthe Bezzerides: "I have a music lesson company in Los Angeles that I single handedly built and managed, by myself, for the past 6 years. Another strange impact of this bill. This was developed on my own moonlight hours and nobody was handing me a W-2 job to do it! I am sure there are many others out there in my same dire situation. I fully understand that people working full time hours should be getting benefits, overtime, etc., but someone that works 5 hours or less per week that provides the same services to multiple businesses is in no way an employee. I make my living as a freelance lighting designer, or I did until today anyway. These people receive a 1099 and are considered independent contractors. “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!” So what happens to those coal miners, Joe? You've destroyed my livelihood. There is a home office in Kansas, but myself and my co-workers (many based in California, but others who live in other states) all work from home. Small theaters are closing, music festivals are being canceled. I am devastated emotionally and financially over the inability to continue to work and support the economy. Katerina Borghi: "Katerina Borghi has a love of language. Now, due to AB5, my contract with that architecture firm is on "indefinite hiatus" until they feel comfortable that they can work with me legally. Freelancing has been necessary for me in California to make ends meet and support my family. On December 19 of last year, Pete Buttigieg voiced his support for a carbon tax during the PBS/Politico Democratic debate. My wife got a full-time job. ", Robie Canlas: "I've been a luthier (someone who makes and repairs stringed instruments) for almost 13 years. #DemocratsVSAB5 #COVID19. Candy Ibarra: "Candy Ibarra had six jobs at the beginning of 2020. They are also the one entity that has not yet begun work on the show. None of us can. ", Armineh Johannes: "Please exempt freelance/independent translators form this unfair law which is taking away our livelihood just because we live in California.Translation agencies telling me that they can no longer work with me because I am in California (unless I incorporate-so costly & burdensome). I also can’t even imagine a law now telling me that a company or person I work for one night is now the IP owner of the hour of jokes I just wrote. I was a B2B so I was her competition now AND when I went through the new employee handbook and asked questions , she was so offended she decided not to “utilize my services”. We are not. I'm an older woman (57) who cannot find teaching (or any other employee based) work in my county so I run a pet sitting business while caring for my disabled husband. ", Rob Gordon: "I have voted Democratic for my entire life, but I really want to express a huge amount of gratitude to . ", Rachel Dorsey: "I’m a commercial producer and I bring on self-employed specialists for every job I produce. Certainly anyone who actually works in journalism could have told you that setting a strict limit of 35 "submissions" per publication—regardless of whether each individual submission is a 5,000-word reported profile or a 200-word news hit—makes absolutely no sense. ", Bronwyn DeHavilland: "I'm a home health therapist, or I should say was a home health provider until this law came along and decimated my career of 10 years. I also freelance as an editor as my day job, and I've been let go because my other client couldn't afford payroll. It puts Valle and the thousands of other freelance interpreters in a precarious situation: finding full-time work in a labor market that has few vacancies and losing control of their schedules.". I would move back to Europe and get benefits most Americans can only dream of if I was forced to give up my creative career... why would I stay in CA??? Multiple venues stating they're worried about hiring live entertainment until the details regarding AB5 are 'sorted out'. I am proceeding with plans to start my writing business with the hope that freelance writers eventually receive a full exemption or AB5 is repealed. Or require everyone to be S-Corps. I provide speech and language services to adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, head injury, and developmental delays. ", Agapé Maghoney: "I own a yoga studio and lost all of my subs and a couple of regularly scheduled teachers. I set my own classes, etc. Newsom wants CA to be a 'No Kill' animal shelter state - something I've worked on for 10 years. First: I am very specifically NOT looking for full-time work right now. The trouble is anyone I hire to help me will be doing my business-writing, editing, content review, etc so they fail the B. Kinda sucks. I’m a single mom & last May was finally able to buy a house in LA. I am very concerned that my performance income will dry up, given the vast majority of arts organizations will not be able to comply with AB5 and make musicians employees, nor does that make any sense given the business model. I am an independent nurse educator with my own business partnership that received work through another “education” company. ", Christina Alexopoulos Smith: "I am a paid singer at a church and it is my only source of income currently. Without interpreters, the deaf will be misled, leading to wrong decisions and possibly even death. I’m a working mom and must set my own schedule so I can be available for my daughter and all of her activities. I'm a non-union professional classical singer in Northern CA and have lost my contracts due to this poorly written bill. I have weeks and weeks of assignments on my docket that will get turned over. I would have to remodel our whole structure as would the ICs. I share because our fields are related. They are often world famous and cannot (and do not want to) become our “employees.” We also try to hire young CA musicians on occasion to give them valuable experience and resume credits. We gross less than a million a year and net a fraction of that. I have played trumpet since I was 8 years old and I am 45 years old now. I also do transcription and scoping works. We make our own schedule and accept the work we choose. ", Josh: "(AB5) is devastating for opera singers in California. @LorenaSGonzalez should have known better that a broad sweeping law would affect more then just drivers and should have written it as so. ", Elle Travis: "My voiceover opportunities have gone down by 90%  even though I'm a S Corp and member of SAG/AFTRA. The reason why my mom's business survived is because she told the banks how to go fuck themselves. Maine And if I'm not taking continuing eduction training then those who are doing the training are losing money...it trickles down. It’s my only income and I love what I do. We need a carve-out asap. Currently dance and the performing arts are dying in LA - no pay checks since Jan 1, 2020. For me personally, this comes at a time in my life when I’m not in the position to go get a job if my business goes under as I have a new 4 month old to take care of. Many small physician offices closing due to the inability to contract nurse practitioners. My garage business was a victim of its own success and I was zoned out of LA. Montana We are going where we are seen as humans that have real jobs. My band is now officially shut down and on hold until AB 5 is repealed or we get an exemption. There are only so many publications in my area. Thanks so much @LorenaSGonzalez @GavinNewsom. Horrible law, we need repeal or OPT OUT. Now sadly I fear this will not be possible. @LorenaSGonzalez you win! I'm devastated and feel fortunate to have found this group. Just the basics.". Raising drop-in prices by $2 doesn't solve the huge burden on yoga studios and teachers by a long shot. I had several thousand $$ set aside in my budget for him alone, but no more. I have direct clients, too. According to AB5, I have to employ my editor, even though he works out of his home six hours away, and I don't dictate his hours. Thanks to #AB5, I added several new clients who had to replace their CA writers, boosting my monthly income by over $3K per month. ", Deborah Brockus: "Dancers in CA work for multiple groups over the course of a day/week/month. ", Ashley Morgan: "Just trying to pay rent and make a living in California and now I have to pay hundreds of dollars on a lawyer to figure out how I can keep singing/gigging under #AB5 Thanks for this nightmare @LorenaSGonzalez and @GavinNewsom Protection is the last thing I’m feeling right now. I still make money from images I created 35 years ago. Please understand that the musicians union represents roughly only 5-7% of us. All the craft and cultural fairs are closed. This is just wrong. I could lose clients to layoffs, or to a recession. However, I know of colleagues who were just dropped by clients outside of CA becuase they were nervous about AB5. A bit less than two eight-hour days. This is extra money they rely on. ", Marguerite Kusuhara: "As Mrs. Claus', we entertain at malls, homes, company parties, corporate events, tree lightings, cookie baking and decorating, meet and greets, and storytimes, etc. Its not benefiting specialized workers who earn a good income at all. Finally, and most importantly: Even though this sucks for me, I’m in a rarified position. She also stays overnight as an additional service to care for the pets in their home. ", Susan Valot: "Thanks @LorenaSGonzalez for ruining my freelance business. ", Scott: "AB 5, within a week of it's implementation, has already destroyed countless jobs in CA. The law is so nebulous in its “protections” that authors/other creators could suffer serious financial harm under this illegal law. Under AB5, I will have to make every performer I contract an employee. Last year this was about $20k in extra money that is now GONE. Prior to 1/1/20 I clearly met the Independent contractor standards. ", Rebecca Greene: "My husband is a special inspector for commercial & real estate. Regulations and legislation ought to be enacted and interpreted in ways that preserve and advance options for independent contractors. It was already hard enough to work at the studios as a loan-out contractor paying my S-corp and it prevents me from working at certain studios, but now other studios are closing up even considering it because they don't want to risk it. Cc @Asm_Nazarian @GavinNewsom. It's expensive to market yourself to be found, and now thanks to confusion about a poorly written and unnecessary law campaigned for by a Assemblyman on a personal/ big union funded mission I'm out that money. Will practice independently as an FNP in another state. “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!” The former vice president’s comments come only weeks after he pledged at the sixth Democrat primary debate to “sacrifice” economic growth and potentially “displace thousands or hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers” in the interests of a “greener economy.” This new spending is entirely unnecessary and Republicans should be applauded for rejecting this proposal. A stable routine. My client can’t afford to make me an employee and she just threw in the towel and retired. ", Jonathan Eric Wilson: "I have a small (S-corp) firm that specializes in an instrument (GuitarViol, a guitar formatted viola) I invented that is used by a lot of Film/TV composers around the world. ", Jeff, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "I'm dyslexic & I am a middle-class, ind. I can NOT afford to put them all on payroll. Biden appears to be no different than Hillary Clinton, who made a strikingly similar remark on miners. Her competition are amongst others, Wag and Rover, who will dodge AB5 by being a referral business. Most of my clients are in tech, service or retail so I pass the B of the test with them. ", Debbie Overman: "I'm an associate editor who works from home full-time for a company based in Kansas. Agencies are not sure what to do with this law. My blind friend is freaked. Not to mention the improvements in my mental health due to the lifestyle shift of not working long hours in an office. She paid for podcast training and was prepared to hire independent contractors to help produce and edit her work. I tested data technology, machine learning, evaluated social media, and ad content. Joe Biden said coal miners should “learn how to program” during a campaign speech in New Hampshire on Monday. North Dakota #ab5stories. You can add bloggers and virtual assistants to the list of people unduly affected by this law. I have 3 left, however they don’t know how they can keep me on. In a recent interview, McCarthy vowed to end fossil fuel powered cars by 2035. Appraisers can not be hired strictly by say Chase Bank or Bank of America because what is to stop the banks from going hey kill this loan undervalue the property or we want to make this sale over inflate the value. “Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well,” Biden told an audience in Derry, New Hampshire. It is by choice and allows us to specialize or increase skill set or take time to be parents or be disabled but still work and not rely on disability. We have to work against AB5 and PDPM to provide ethical and competent services but will likely be risking our employment to keep our licenses. Oil field companies hire them on a needed basis when they need repairs to equipment, kind of like a handyman, but for welding. God help me. ", Monica Fontes: "I am 61 years old senior female and cancer survivor( maybe still patient). As a board member for a mid-tier non-profit Opera company, we would be unable to produce operas going forward under the AB5 labor laws. He has told me that if the bill is to be taken in regards to the fear it has created then I should hire a consultant out of Las Vegas as his job could be done remotely across state lines. Georgia Save me? ", Kevin Matty: "I have lost over 50% of my 2018 income since the implementation of AB5 compared to my 2019 income. ", Bella: "I am a gig worker and I tell everyone I can to vote #YesOnProp22. The majority of those in my industry are freelance (hair & makeup artists, photographers, art directors, etc). AB5 specifically targets videographers, saying they are not eligible for the 35 submission carve out. For me personally, this comes at a time in my life when I’m not in the position to go get a job if my business goes under as I have a new 4 month old to take care of. ", "@KFairWrites": "Take away my lollipop? My work means everything to me. And because bloggers do, well, basically everything, the "B" requirement makes it impossible to hire any contract worker except maybe a CPA. I choose my assignments, negotiate my own rates, provide my own equipment, set my own schedule, and invoice over 30 clients (agencies) a year. My main takeaway? It allowed me flexibility volunteer in my community and my children’s school, support our other businesses and provide additional income while also being able to care for my school aged son. I was told by email 20 days ago that I won’t be able to work for them anymore, starting in January. Stupid and sad. I rely on freelancing to survive. #RepealAB5. Andrew Yang, one of Biden's single-digit Democratic rivals, told reporters that Biden’s comments were “completely unrealistic and unproductive,” and said maybe Biden should realize that Americans don’t want to be told what careers to enter. This seems to be the same in regards to sports writers and other remote jobs. ", Mary Bronson: "Here’s a story. They want to choose their workload and control their pay. Iowa My concern now is that I had planned on hiring other social media managers on a contractor basis to help me with my workload. ", Jose Garcia: "The reason why I drive for Uber is the flexibility of schedule that I have with them. We are not some mega factory, we make small batches of super high quality tools (specialty instruments) for the movie soundtrack industry. Due to #AB5, they decided it was a legal concern & opted to use talent from Arizona. But I do have a solid client that's started offering me smaller pieces of work, so I worry about hitting that 35-submission limit. ", Rebekah: "I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 23 years of experience in my field. We are a registered non-profit. Thank you for bringing this to my attention @ShannonGroveCA I didn't know that @SenHannahBeth thought so little of us, CA economy's backbone. According to the new law, the rideshare companies that he would become an employee of would have to pay him overtime if he continued that practice, but odds are unless he received special permission, the app would not allow him to receive trip requests after 40 hours in a week. I lost a contract this week from a Film Production Vendor in Arizona because they are unclear if I need to be their employee or not, so they are staying away from California freelancers at this time. I know we are more impactful as a group and that there are associations for court reporters and for real-time speech-to-text transcription, but I'm not sure who I could align myself with to advocate for change to AB5. 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