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Virtual Legality Episode 100

The Gig is Up! Why California’s AB-5 Might Just Kill its Gaming Industry

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While California has been focused on curtailing the growth of app-based gig economy participants like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, its latest efforts, to revise the way independent contractors are classified throughout all of California, could have widespread reverberations throughout virtually every industry.

How might Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB5 or AB-5) affect the gaming and technology fields?

It's time for Virtual Legality #100!

Balancing tests stay balanced...in Virtual Legality.

#California #Contractors #AB5


Discussed in this episode:

"Do you think this bill will affect the game industry contractors in anyway?"
Tweet - September 11, 2019 - Carlo (Clownz) (@Italianclownz)
https://twitter.com/Italianclownz/status/1171748729260519425

"Gig Workers Win in California"
Gizmodo - September 11, 2019 - Bryan Menegus
https://gizmodo.com/gig-workers-win-1837883577

"Employee Versus Independent Contractor"
The CPA Journal - February 2019 - Frank Messina
https://www.cpajournal.com/2019/02/11/employee-versus-independent-contractor/

"Administrator's Interpretation No. 2015-1"
US Department of Labor - July 15, 2015
https://www.blr.com/html_email/AI2015-1.pdf

"AB-5 Worker status: employees and independent contractors"
California Assembly
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB5

"The game industry's disposable workers
Polygon - December 19, 2016 - Colin Campbell
https://www.polygon.com/features/2016/12/19/13878484/game-industry-worker-misclassification


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)

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