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Assemblywoman Christy Smith Highlights Efforts To Provide Assembly Bill 5 Assistance

Assemblywoman Christy Smith recently highlighted efforts to provide Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) assistance, officials said Monday. 

“This is a priority for me this year, and I look forward to working with employers, workers and my colleagues on this issue,” Smith said in a statement. 

AB 5 entitles workers classified as employees to greater labor protections at their place of work. This includes minimum wage laws, sick leave, and unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits do not apply to independent contractors, according to Smith’s office. 

The bill presses industries and businesses that rely on independent contractors to take them on as employees. This leaves many businesses struggling to find ways of covering their new employees, according to the assembly member. 

“Relief for independent contractors, impacted small businesses and nonprofits are essential as we implement AB 5 and address its challenges,” Smith said.

Smith asked for a one-year tax exemption of $800 for transitioning LLCs to help formalize small businesses and maintain existing business relationships, according to her office. 

Smith also asked for a $20 million budget allocation to help community nonprofit arts groups comply with the law, adding “these steps will help California workers’ futures and mitigate the pressures (businesses) face,” according to Smith’s office. 

“Members of the community affected by AB 5 are encouraged to share their stories with my office,” added Smith.

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Assemblywoman Christy Smith Highlights Efforts To Provide Assembly Bill 5 Assistance


  1. Smith obviously knows that AB-5 is such stupid legislation that she needs to find ways to eviscerate it. The Dems now want to carve out exceptions for their favorite businesses and industries. One of the best recent innovations has been Uber and Lyft transportation. Say goodbye to these transportation options if the movement to overturn AB-5 is unsuccessful. Smith now wants to take her wacky legislative proposals to Washington so they can be foisted on the entire nation. Just say NO to Smith.

  2. We don’t need a short term “band-aid” to “help” transition people to the new law. It is a terrible piece of legislation which should be repealed. The money that is proposed is just “hush” money that will be short term and make it look like the politicians who created this mess “care”. If you really care Sacramento just admit that you blew it on this one, and repeal the law.

  3. Smith’s “highlights” are a ruse to hide her anti-business agenda! I can use hair dye to “hide” the gray hair – Smith hides behind “highlights” under the falsehood of supposedly helping the business community.

    Smith is very anti-business. From fostering boycotts against local Santa Clarita businesses, voting for anti-business legislation and supporting the teachers union-led drive to eliminate Proposition 13 protections for commercial buildings and properties, Smith in no way reflects the values of the 25th congressional district.



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