The ABCs of AB 5: Can Anyone Be an Independent Contractor in California Anymore?

In September, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law sweeping legislation that changes the landscape for workers in the state by potentially reclassifying hundreds of thousands of independent contractors as employees. Known as AB 5, the legislation codifies last year’s landmark decision by the California Supreme Court in which it adopted a new legal standard for determining whether workers should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for purposes of California wage orders.

With the law set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and retroactive in some aspects, employers need to act now to ensure compliance and to mitigate litigation risks. During this complimentary 60-minute Manatt webinar for our clients, our presenters will discuss:

  • How the California Supreme Court set the footprint for AB 5 in its 2018 Dynamex decision
  • How AB 5 defines employees and independent contractors
  • What occupations are exempt and under what conditions
  • What actions employers should take to be in compliance


  • Esra A. Hudson, Partner and Leader, Employment and Labor
  • Michael E. Olsen, Associate, Employment and Labor

Date and Time:

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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