Senator Chang Responds to New Labor Law

Friday, September 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after the governor signed Assembly Bill 5, which will significantly limit the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors:

“With AB 5, independent contractors will continue to be punished. Unfortunately, Sacramento politicians are trying to micromanage the labor market to the detriment of hardworking Californians and their families. Our state’s economy is too diverse and dynamic to impose such a one-size-fits-all policy. This bill might be targeting Uber and Lyft but its reach is so much further than Silicon Valley, and will impact jobs in the future that do not even exist yet. Instead of protecting workers, this bill is creating a jobs program for lawyers who will sue self-made business owners.”

Groups that will be negatively impacted include California Trucking Association, California Physical Therapy Association, California League of Food Processors, and California News Publishers Association.

Earlier this year, Senator Chang co-authored Senate Bill 238 that would have conformed California’s test for determining employment status for purposes of wage orders to the test established by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee killed SB 238 on a partisan vote earlier this year.