California lawmakers consider bill that would 'lead the world' on gig worker rights

The Guardian 

California legislators are set to decide on legislation that would fundamentally change the way tech giants like Lyft and Uber engage with workers. Assembly Bill 5 would change the way businesses classify employees and dramatically expand protections for gig workers. If it passes, the legislation would represent a big win for labor advocates across the state. "This bill not only does important things immediately for workers, but also sets a framework for the future we think is really important," said Steve Smith of the California Labor Federation. AB5 passed California's state assembly 53-11 in May and has since moved to the state senate's appropriations committee for a vote on Friday.