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California poised to loosen some AB 5 restrictions

Two California bills meant to loosen AB 5’s restrictions have been passed by the state’s Assembly, Bloomberg Law reports [1].

The Assembly voted unanimously June 11 to advance two bills to the state Senate that would allow self-employed professionals in creative industries — such as freelance journalists, musicians and photographers, as well as certified translators, promoters and others who typically work for several employers on a contract basis — to maintain the independent status that they say is necessary to their livelihoods.

A.B. 1850 [2] passed 73-0, while A.B. 2257 [3] passed 70-0. The Senate has until Aug. 31 to send the bills on to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature.