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

A message from Theatre Bay Area's Board of Directors about AB5

Many in our community are asking questions about AB5, the new California employment law that went into effect January 1 and outlines new rules around classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Aimed at the growing “gig economy," the law extends far beyond, reaching almost every sector of the state’s economy – including the nonprofit performing arts ...  Read the full statement.



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

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AB5 Town Halls and Events

TBA hosted regional town halls meant to inform and to explore how the law will affect the arts. When more events are scheduled in 2020, they will be listed on this page. You can contact tba@theatrebayarea.org with any questions.

Upcoming AB5 events
March 26, 2020 at 6:30 PM in Alameda 

Past AB5 Town Halls
December 18, 2019, in the South Bay
December 10, 2019, in San Francisco

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AB5 Latest News and Coverage



From December 22, 2019 SF Chronicle:
"Musicians and actors invented the gig. A new law threatens their way of working" (Link subject to paywall. PDF copy here.)

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?"

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Other AB5 resources

Californians for the Arts' AB5 page

California Lawyers for the Arts

"Exempt Job Categories Under California's New AB5 Law," Article from NOLO.com

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