Posted: Tue. April 21, 2020, 12:31pm PT
An Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California state legislature to suspend CA AB5, was signed by over 150 scholars, economists, and political scientists. The law, AB5, was passed in 2019 and makes independent contractors or "gig" workers to be absorbed into the companies they work for. The companies cannot bear the costs of hiring workers, so these contractors are suffering. It's another law which has unintended consequences. Workers and companies are both impaired by the law, which should be suspended especially during the pandemic. Workers such as nurses, delivery drivers, musicians, and writers and other contractors have been particularly affected. Evers also talks about the readiness of educators to teach via distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.