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Lawmakers are negotiating an end-of-year government funding package and another Coronavirus relief bill. This bill makes getting assignments covered even more difficult which means more Deaf people will be left without communication access. If I'm W2, I can conceivably not be able to set my hours for the season, be told what and how to teach, and may not have the flexibility to go perform elsewhere, as I am also an actor/director/choreographer. I’m not a bot, I’m a person who could lose their livelyhood. This is affecting 40-50 IC Inspectors for this company. I'm a non-union professional classical singer in Northern CA and have lost my contracts due to this poorly written bill. I've already told the other piano payers they have the option to take less, or not do the event and I send the deposits back to the clients with a soiled reputation on a show I've invested $300,000 on building since 2013. If I wanted healthcare/benefits/ all of that I'd go BACK to teaching in a brick and mortar! Please do not make the same mistakes as my state's horrendous AB5. Shira Renee Thomas: "I am General Director of a small nonprofit opera company with an annual budget under $100,000. It is not uncommon in the boutique custom guitar and violin building space for there to be cooperative B2B IC business. ", Andy, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Andy: "I'm an IT professional & musician. In mid 2017, I moved my grandmother to California. It’s open season and just about anyone making a bogus claim will get a payout regardless of the circumstances. On the flip side, should I LLC (by the way where’s the $800 waiver? Not anymore. That said: Please keep working with us—because everything else just got that much harder for us. "", Adam Lasher: "#AB5 has forced me to stop hiring other musicians and just play solo more. I'd be working an inflexible schedule with way more hours for tens of thousands less a year. Congrats, Lorena, you've just set $30,000 on fire. ", Shonna, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Shonna: "I had to close my company of 10 years due to the #AB5 law! ", Ildiko Santana: "As an independent contractor I have been a freelance translator & interpreter in California for 20 years, member of the American Translators Association. Even if it fails and I have to leave California, I’m not forgetting you, Lorena. Now my clients that I've had for years don't want to give me too much work because they'd have to hire me as an employee and cannot afford it. ", Donna: "I am a bandleader and work with 20 different musicians through the course of the year. “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!” It allowed me flexibility volunteer in my community and my children’s school, support our other businesses and provide additional income while also being able to care for my school aged son. I hire up to 40 musicians 2x a year through the union for sometimes as little as 4 hours of work. I've already lost all work starting this year because of this poorly written bill as the projects I was contracted to sing have been cancelled. I am 61 years old with 15 years of independent work, hard to go back to job market and hard to find the job. It's not a choice. As a new mom I can tell agencies that I only want afternoon work or only morning work, or that I only want to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have lost work, hitting our livelihoods hard. He added later: “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”. The then-Democratic candidate later told a West Virginia coal miner that “what I said was totally out of context from what I meant” to say, which was people are losing jobs, she claimed. Now, I can't do it. If it weren’t for wellness and music, I wouldn’t have made it thus far. Please let them know it’s Democrats that are upset as well. The agent is replacing all Santas living in California with out of state Santas to get around AB5. My heart breaks. West Virginia, known famously as coal country, chose Donald Trump on Election Day 67-26 percent over Clinton. ", Yvonne Renee Hunt: "This month I have lost my contract as an SAT proctor. I made enough money to satisfy my needs, and I was able to work when I wanted and take time off when I wanted, something I needed due to my chronic health problems. It's no wonder conservative groups wrote a letter to Congress Stating: "We oppose any carbon tax." Please consider the respect in which I have approached you. WTF, @LorenaSGonzalez ? Am I going to hire them as W2 employees? Our band provided a way for non profits to make money for their causes, we gave jobs to 6 to 11 musicians every year and we helped city's put on events. ", Nikki: "I'm a freelance musician and a realtor. ", Julian Robinson: "I’m a film editor who has been incorporated for years, and have all my own benefits as a small business owner. ", Mary Beth Ray: "I'm a yoga teacher and this law screws me out of deductions for required   continuing eduction training, which my new "employers," the studios in which I work, can't afford to pay for. My freelance brokerage company says they have to let California authors go.Almost a decade of hard work gone in an instant. The goal was to create a level of oversight between lending institutions and appraisers. On occasion I will hire musicians to come in and do recording, doesn't make sense to have them be an employee if I only hire them for a few hours at a time. Fuel and maintenance expenses alone are tremendous. ", Marty Glassman:  "I'm a DJ and I've owned an entertainment company for the past 27 years. ", Anonymous: "I am a licensed clinical social worker. Good thing I’m rich anyway.". She completes her work on her own terms and avoids a 3-hour commute in the busy Los Angeles county. Many of us wish to be self-employed. No school hires an interpreter full time they use staff! ", Garett Martocello: "I have lost a lot of business to AB5. Am now going to have to hire attorneys and accountants and set up a corporation that pays payroll and holds worker’s compensation insurance for a desk job I do from home (and I already carry the aforementioned biz insurance). AB 5 limits me if I need/want to hire people as my business grows. Someone in HR placed her in a tier, which became nearly 60% of her day rate. Working at a clinic makes it easier for me to have two careers because I don’t have to deal with administrative work which can be daunting in mental health. The only difference is that legislative drafters changed “and” to “or” for inclusion in the energy package. ", Joseph Knoop: "A third of my work as a freelance journalist was killed. No employees. I don’t need another sign to tell us that we are no longer welcome in our state. ", Kimberly Walker: "I am a single mom, and many IC are single moms. Radical policies calling for an end to the use of traditional forms of energy would have a disastrous impact on the American energy industry and dramatically raise energy costs for American consumers. And for the clubs? District of Columbia "", Alex Monsalve: "I’m an OT and my mother is a PTA. @LorenaSGonzalez have you thought abt the family separation your law is causing? We hire individuals as director, music director, stage manager, lighting designer, sound designer, sound engineer, set designer, costume designer, actor, musician etc. "Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program for God's sake," Biden said Monday at a campaign event in Derry, New Hampshire, a coal-mining town. My husband & I have worked in the entertainment industry & are #SAG members for 20+ years. I have been a mortgage agent for 30 years always 1099 and schedule c for my taxes writing my expenses off . They bought a house in Florida and are selling whatever they can so they can move in April. We exist in order to expose communities to this art form, either free of charge or for a very nominal ticket price. ", Bronwyn DeHavilland: "I'm a physical therapist assistant, I've worked in homehealth for the last 10 years. ", Josephine, tweeted by Kevin Kiley: "#AB5stories, Josephine: "I'm a freelance voice over artist. ", Kyle Rae: "Today (February 20, 2020) was my final day as a sports reporter at my publication, barley 2 months in to the new year and I met my 35 articles a year quota. Hell, no. ", Haley Crim: "I have been doing freelance writing since I finished my master’s degree in May of 2018. I'm fuming. I am an independent contractor and can work at home while my little ones go to bed or are in school. ", Shufina Knoebber English: "My sister is wedding florist. Meanwhile, in DelusionLand, @LorenaAD80 wants everyone to believe that W2 status somehow confers stability, good income, job security & benefits. ", John: "I'm a freelance composer in the film industry and consistently employ musicians throughout the year, in addition to my own freelance employment. I can not afford this risk. With less than 96 hours to make a decision, Van Laar hurriedly moved to North Carolina, where she has family. Ridiculous. Not all clients are direct clients. I provide my own materials, make my own schedule etc etc. For the first seven years of his life, Valle was raised by social workers in the Los Angeles Barrio of Pacoima. Many of us also do other types of entertainment throughout the year, not only Mrs. Claus. I've specifically lost work because companies don't want to "take a chance" of getting caught in AB5. Also no more flexibility to get other work on our own. Currently dance and the performing arts are dying in LA - no pay checks since Jan 1, 2020. Biden appears to be no different than Hillary Clinton, who made a striki Oh, and I pay for my own health insurance. My life has been directly impacted by AB 5. Faultlines: "Hey Faultlines fam! ", Elizabeth: "I am a Certified Shorthand Reporter in the State I'd California who will be adversely affected by AB5. Then two weeks before Christmas, he received a rude shock: His contractors told him they could no longer subcontract him because of AB 5... For Perez, AB 5 basically obliterated his occupation. ", Elyse: "As a person with a disability, freelance writing is the only way I have been able to make a living and have a viable career. Teaching with us gives flexibility and additional income. The musician’s union wants us all to join and they helped push this law. Since people were in the classrooms as “interpreters” but had almost no ASL knowledge). In the meantime, throw AB5 in the toilet where it belongs & let me hustle in peace so I can continue providing for my family & spending time with my son instead of sticking him in unaffordable daycare so I can work some shit job that pays less than what I’ve negotiated for myself. NONE of these disciplines are currently exempt under AB5, so it's now illegal for us to pay anybody this way. I hire 1099 individuals based on the need, and not part time employees. "", "Punctuatrix": "#AB5 destroyed my 10-year career overnight by arbitrarily targeting freelance editors in a bill meant to protect gig workers. If I’m lucky I will earn 1/3 of my income last year. "", Jacob Lee: "Packing day - moving our family and our company to #Texas due to #AB5 #Calexit #caleg. I retired just after the first great newspaper layoffs happened. (300, Game of Thrones, John Wick and tons of Netflix, Showtime, HBO). This is beyond devastating for my family. Clients are not providing that. I'm not able to work outside the home now and wouldn't want to. The relentless 24/7/365 schedule is impossible to continue health-wise myself so I began the transition to online teaching until Lorena decided she was our Great Mother. I mean I can't contract with a business, so now I have to work for donations? ", Jessica Fantz: "As a former independent contractor (a web designer) - I am one of a number of professionals who have valued the benefits of being classified as an independent contractor - flexibility in hours and schedule, ability to take or decline assignments without fear of being terminated, ability to have multiple clients at a time - or not - to ensure income stability, a separation from traditional employer-employee status which enables more independence and enables a stronger bargaining position. The only way we can manage that extra cost is by cutting other aspects of the show, since we were not aware of this law when we budgeted. I share because our fields are related. Doing so has allowed me to be home with the twins. ", Maria: "I won't be able to work as an American Sign Language interpreter. I’m hiring an orchestra in May for a total of nine hours. We freelance for several firms, set our own schedule, don't need benefits. I cannot afford the added expenses. I can cite a recent example working with a client just yesterday: We have a client that works on sewers. According to the Tax Foundation, state collections declined just 4.4 percent through September compared to the first nine months of 2019. At the very least, there should be a length of employment feature or number of clients/employers so that it becomes clear when a company hires someone all year on 1099 contracts they are really an employee, but if they do a few shows as a performer, etc, they are a short term specialist on contract. I have direct clients, too. Second film project: Volunteers only now but we get IMDB credit & food. I work part-time currently so that I can raise my two boys. ", Angelle: "Welp. literally no freelancer in california supports AB5. We’ll undoubtedly lose business from parents who are striving to provide quality music lessons for their kids, who won’t be able to afford the new tuition increase. After learning about how AB 5 will not only affect my livelihood, but that of hundreds of thousands of other Californians, it makes me sick to my stomach. What I like about freelancing is that I only work for the good agencies (that pay well), I can work as much or as little as I want to spend time with my 3 year old. That 11-year gig that shriveled up this year because of AB5 is no longer there. Trust me, I know. I was terrified of becoming homeless. Lorena talks in platitudes and panders to big union donors while crushing independent biz.". I am also a lifelong Democrat, so this bill is shaking my Identity and faith to the core. I've been turned down by many companies because of where I live. Many in this profession value the flexibility in hours and working from home more than employee status. Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God's sake!" We gross less than a million a year and net a fraction of that. The riskier the operations, the more exposure, the higher the premium. The irony is we’ve been so paranoid since that first claim (first time we’ve had any kind of claim brought against us in ten years in business and we were truly stunned someone could boldly lie and win) that we’ve been airtight using agencies and now we know even that can’t protect you. I hire ICs who have their own legit businesses, have invested in their own gear, pay insurance on that gear, drive their own car to the gig, etc, etc. My note : I retired from my journalism career to take care of both my elderly parents. It’s awful because writers/authors don’t make a ton of income to begin with. ", Alex Monsalve: "I am a healthcare worker, and this has affected my ability to help during this crisis. Most of us drivers want to remain Independent Contractors because of the flexibility and because we make more than minimum wage. Being an independent contractor has allowed me to have a flexible schedule allowing me to spend  more time with my children. ", Hope: "This bill will devastate the services the Deaf community receive. All of these are write offs that I depend on to stay in business. ", Nate Mills: "I’m Sole Proprietor in the entertainment event lighting industry and there is no permanent placement style for my work. However, she quickly determined that type of career wasn’t for her. Virtual paralegal is a new growing trend in profession, solely contract work. Still not sure. Read our privacy policy, 722 12th ST NW ", Simon Eves: "Board member and tech person for small non-profit amateur community theater. ", Tessa Cisneros: "I am a movement instructor for studio and afterschool programs, and refuse to become an employee so they are replacing me. ", Andrea St. Clair: "Well, a friend of mine just lost his job as a theatre's Technical Director due to AB5. Biden tells coal miners to "learn to code". Biden also said on Sunday that “we should put them in jail” when talking about fossil fuel executives. The law is so nebulous in its “protections” that authors/other creators could suffer serious financial harm under this illegal law. ", Marsha: "I lost my job of 12 years as a medical transcriptionist because of AB5. That would put an additional 35+ artists who’ve already been working on the show out of work.Regardless of what happens with this one production, it is likely that we will no longer produce large scale productions in the future. We are being forced to figure out work-arounds in order to comply. I have a pending job for a client to enable them to work remotely. It was intended to classify employees and give them the benefits and supports that they need, but it actually causes more damage and trouble for the majority of workers instead . Hawaii The new CA employment law doesn't help workers, it punishes them. #repealAB5 Horrible laws! For perspective, I often wrote more than 34 articles per MONTH for ONE of my clients alone. It was a very conscious and active choice to turn those opportunities down as I looked ahead to 2020. No More Mrs. This healthy process of tax competition will be minimized if not eliminated following the OECD’s approach. Now, due to AB5, my contract with that architecture firm is on "indefinite hiatus" until they feel comfortable that they can work with me legally. I've spent thousands of dollars for soccer because I want to create a passion for the sport. ", Michel Fadlallah: "Just cost me my job as an Uber driver. But a small local company I was going to begin working for during the off season just closed their doors 48 hours before rehearsals were to begin. ", Dyan Kane: "Because I run the show, I must consider myself a boss with employees, and, as always, issue 1099s, etc... but now with AB5, am I now supposed to cover all taxes and health care too? A mom-and-pop studio can’t hire me and put me on payroll for a one or two hour lecture that I do once per month. The only options (as I understand it) are to have them volunteer and be paid only expenses (impossible to justify paying the same amounts), to make them employees and pay them minimum wage for every hour (more complicated and totally unaffordable for the company as we just don't have enough income from tickets etc. Our family is hugely effected by AB5 if our radio stations do not choose to renew our contracts. Orson: "I am an operatic tenor and artist. Not throw billions of taxpayer dollars in the air and see where they land. My teachers revolted. Now I have to hire magicians from out of state to join me because it is less expensive for them to drive from Las Vegas for a two hour gig than it is to have PIT workers comp and UI taken from their checks. I'm devastated and feel fortunate to have found this group. 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