Translator David Higbee explains how he and others are being shackled by regulations of AB 5
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s Assembly Bill 5 is officially law.
It’s the new law that requires independent and contract workers to be considered employees of a company, rather than independent workers.
Nearly a million more independent workers in California are feeling the effects of AB 5, especially when it comes to specialized linguistic interpreters. As of January 1, they are essentially fired.
Independent workers say California lawmakers, like Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher who authored the bill, didn’t consider the negative impacts when working to get the law approved.
David Higbee worked as a Japanese translator and an independent music producer. As a result of AB 5, he has lost both jobs and his worried about continuing to be able to provide for his family of seven.
KUSI’s continuing series of stories from Californians on the impact AB 5 has had on them can be seen here: www.kusi.com/ab5