Federal Judge Holds Freelancers to New California Labor Law

A federal judge will not temporarily exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a broad new California labor law, saying they waited too long to challenge restrictions that they fear could put some of them out of business.

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez in Los Angeles denied the temporary restraining order sought by two freelancers’ organizations…

 

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3 thoughts on “Federal Judge Holds Freelancers to New California Labor Law

  • January 7, 2020 at 9:51 am
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    Those who choose to live and work in California have two choices…..learn to adapt to the oppressive government or leave the state.

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    • January 7, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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      I’m not so sure what’s so oppressive about being fairly compensated instead of exploited. More and more across all job types, work is being assigned on and as needed basis. Companies do not have an investment in an employee. They do not have the cost associated with maintaining employees. They outsource everything they can as it’s cheaper. They do not generally provide a better product when they save money, instead it goes off to owners and shareholders. I have never seen the money used to provide better content.

      While the laws in California might be oppressive in certain circumstances, the laws that govern gig type work need to change so that people are not exploited. Working hard and doing good work for people that do not value you as an employee and compensating you doesn’t make for a good living. No benefits and wages that ultimately are a few dollars an hour when you figure in everything that’s involved to produce what they want you to freelance for. I have no sympathy for those that do not feel they need to make an investment in their workforce.

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  • January 7, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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    It’s rare for me to ever compliment California’s regulatory zeal, but it is about time somebody put their foot down on “gig economy” worker exploitation. The fact that this law puts a burden on news outlets only serves to highlight how quickly journalism went from being a skilled and respected profession to a disposable commodity.

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