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Learn more about AB5, the new law that takes effect on January 1, 2020.

What is AB5?

AB5 changes the test used to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The intent of the bill is to extend to independent contractors the rights, benefits, and protections currently only available to employees. This law will have an impact on the arts sector, both companies, and individuals.

Read / Download AB5 Town Hall - Frequently Asked Questions (current as of Dec. 10, 2019)

This FAQ document will be updated as more information becomes available.

Download the AB5 toolkit

This toolkit contains:

  • AB5 Frequently Asked Questions (current as of Dec. 10, 2019), compiled by G. Gomez Law and Theatre Bay Area
  • "California Assembly Bill 5, worker misclassificiations, and their effects on nonprofit arts and culture organizations" - A white paper from WolfBrown and the Brown Law Group
  • Contact information for California State Assembly District Leaders

Join us at an AB5 Town Hall!

TBA will be hosting regional town halls meant to inform and to explore how the law will affect the arts. All these events are FREE but an RSVP is highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 10, in San Francisco   Register for SF Town Hall
6:00 to 8:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
Z Space, 450 Florida St, San Francisco

Wednesday, December 18, in the South Bay  Register for South Bay Town Hall
7:00 to 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
City Lights Theater Company
529 S 2nd Street, San Jose

Other AB5 Resources

White paper from WolfBrown and the Brown Law Group
"California Assembly Bill 5, worker misclassificiations, and their effects on nonprofit arts and culture organizations"

Article from the Teaching Artists Guild
"Making Teaching Artists Employees" by Jean Johnstone, Executive Director

From Californians for the Arts
"News from the front lines, AB5: Where are we now and where do we go from here?"