Hundreds of freelance writers for Vox Media are losing their job as a result of the passage of California’s AB 5 law, which outlaws freelance writers from being able to submit more than 35 articles per year, CNBC reported.
Ironically, this law was praised by Vox just months ago. In September, Vox described the passage of AB 5 as a “victory for workers everywhere.” Vox wrote, “AB 5’s passage — which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign — could easily be seen as just another progressive victory in California. But it is more than that. It is a historic moment for the US labor movement too.
By making it hard for employers to misclassify employees as independent contractors, potentially millions of California workers who’ve been kept off payrolls will get basic labor rights for the first time, like overtime pay and unemployment benefits. This includes janitors, construction workers, security guards, and hotel housekeepers — and yes, this group also includes Uber and Lyft drivers.”
This law is just another example of progressive policies, like minimum wage laws, that tighten regulations on employers at the expense of more unemployment. These policies make it more difficult for businesses to employ people, which will clearly and obviously result in more unemployment.