I perform for various events and venues with a band. We’re all independent contractors who are seniors and tax paying citizens who survive off of our music income. We pay taxes. Don’t destroy families and the economy and make the homeless situation worse.
Written by Susan K.
Business Owner, Independent Contractor, or Both?
Tell us about the type of work you do as an Independent Contractor and/or as a Business Owner. What is a regular day or week like doing the work you do?
I work at home due to a medical issue. My work is all computer based paralegal and court work.
Has working as an Independent Contractor been a choice or a necessity for you? If so why?
What do you enjoy most about being an Independent Contractor or Business Owner?
Freedom and the ability to rest when I'm not well.
What has been the immediate impact of AB5 on your ability to do work and/or make an income?
So far I've been unaffected but I live with a huge concern that that will change.
What are your long term concerns about AB5 or other similar legislation imposing more strict regulations on Independent Contract work?
I DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT IN MY BUSINESS. I HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO WORK HOW I WISH TO.
If you could tell legislators directly one thing about Independent Contract work, what would it be?
See above. Also, who is going to be responsible when people start doing desperate things? Remember the Depression... what was the suicide rate? I fear for what this will do to innocent people.
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