Santee Senator Brian Jones introduces measure to exempt music jobs from AB 5

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced that he has introduced Senate Bill 881, a measure to exempt musicians and music industry professionals from Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January 1 of this year.

California’s Assembly Bill 5 is the new law that requires independent and contract workers to be considered employees of a company, rather than independent workers.

The gig law is causing a lot of backlash from ride-hailing drivers, computer coders, freelance writers, musicians, translators and other gig workers. In fact, thousands have said they are losing jobs, clients and money because of AB 5.

“Jazz musicians in the 1920’s coined the term ‘gig’ for a temporary or occasional show they would do, such as performing a few songs at a music festival, teaching a private music lesson, or producing a couple of songs for a client,” stated Senator Jones. “Musicians and music industry professionals are clearly freelance occupations, yet under AB 5 for each ‘gig’ a musician or producer books, the hirer must add them to their payroll as an employee and start paying fees such as unemployment insurance.”

Jones authored SB 881 at the request of local San Diego musicians.

Senator Jones was in studio to talk about the measure.

KUSI News has conducted a series of interviews with Californians who have been hurt by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher’s legislation, AB 5. All of our AB 5 coverage can be seen here:

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