Impact of gig worker bill AB 5 on meeting and event planners
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Controversial Assembly Bill 5 has caused an uproar for California residents who have been operating as independent contractors and freelancers.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher authored the bill, and came to KUSI to further explain and respond to critics.
Sheryl Schane is a San Diego based certified meeting and convention planner, with over 25 years in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. She has provided meeting planning for corporations, Business Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce all over Southern CA.
Sheryl’s work includes planning, coordinating and managing onsite operations for several industries: Medical, Building, Technology, Insurance, Investment Banking, Financial Services and professional sports. In 1997, she represented the Downtown San Diego Partnership as a Business Community Liaison and member of the Superbowl Host Committee, one of two Superbowls in San Diego during the NFL’s 5-year swing rotation.
Sheryl says that colleagues have received notices from agencies or longtime clients making a tough call to no longer contract with CA based independent meeting planners because of AB5. Instead, these agencies and clients have chosen to hire our colleagues from neighboring states to manage the meeting operations here in California because they are not willing to deal with the risks of AB5.
She was in studio to talk about how this bill is affecting her business and the entire meeting and event planning profession as a whole.