California Law Limiting Independent Contractors is Hindering Coronavirus Response, Experts Say

'It speaks to an absolute ignorance of expert opinion and defiance of common sense'

Democratic California governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday rebuffed calls to suspend a controversial labor law that experts say is hindering the state's pandemic response and hurting vulnerable workers. State and federal legislators, small business owners, and more than 150 economists and political scientists have urged Newsom to suspend California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the controversial 2019 bill that limited a company's ability to classify workers as independent contractors.