How Will California Assembly Bill 5 Change Gig Worker Training?

Last year, I wrote a blog post about the ways gig economy workers can be enticed to take voluntary training. Training and the gig economy can be a difficult mix for several reasons, but that reality might be changing. 

Last year, California passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), a law that requires companies like Uber, Lyft and Postmates to treat their workers as employees rather than independent contractors. The bill was gaining national attention, and it appeared other states might follow suit. 

AB 5, which went into effect at the start of 2020, formalizes the distinction between independent contractors and employees. According to the new law, a worker is a contractor only if they perform work that is “outside the usual course” of the company’s business. All other workers must be classified as employees, and given the same rights when it comes to minimum wage, benefits, and it must be assumed — training. 

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