- California’s Assembly 5 law aimed to help freelancers across the state.
- The intent was to get companies to reclassifying more independent contractors as employees in an effort to help people gain access to benefits like healthcare.
- However, it backfired as companies instead dropped these positions and got rid of the availability of freelance work.
- The bill needs reform as soon as possible.
- Kevin Falconer is the mayor of San Diego.
- This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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California is where bold ideas are born, new trends are set, and anyone can make it big. But as a lifelong Californian and the mayor of the state’s second largest city, San Diego, I see every day how it is getting harder for people to get ahead and earn a decent living here.
This is why I’m urging continued reform