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Freelance Success: Fighting for freelancing

The battle against legislation that would jeopardize freelance writers’ careers is not over.

Fighting for freelancing
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For freelance writers hoping the gig economy laws have gone away as the nation tries to regain its financial footing, it’s time to get re-educated and spring into action.

AB5, the California law that went into effect this year, requires companies to handle independent contractors as employees – with all of the red tape and paperwork and benefits that go with it. The law was meant to protect drivers at rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft, which is great. What’s not-so-great: Scores of freelance professionals – writers, actors, graphic designers, musicians, and photographers – got grouped into this bill.

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