Impact of AB 5 on performing arts businesses
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last year, California passed Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The new law, known as AB 5, creates a strict test for determining whether an individual who provides services to a company is an independent contractor or an employee.
The new gig law is causing a lot of backlash from ride-hailing drivers, computer coders, freelance writers and other gig workers.
Peter Kalivas is an executive director of PGK Project, a professional dance theater group based in San Diego. He has had in-person meetings with Assemblywoman Gonzalez and members of her staff about the impact of AB 5 on the professional performing arts.
He says that the fine arts exemptions do not actually apply to him because Gonzalez incorrectly assumed that fine arts includes performing arts. This has had a devastating impact on his business.
Peter was in studio to tell us more about how AB 5 is affecting him.