Adam C. Abrahms, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, in “New York Said to Become Next Battleground for Gig Worker Law,” by Chris Opfer and Keshia Clukey.
Following is an excerpt:
The debate over gig worker rights could soon move east, as lawmakers in New York consider following California in making it harder for companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify drivers as independent contractors. …
Cuomo Wants Bill
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recently signed into law Assembly Bill 5, despite heavy opposition from gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, and the larger business community. Critics of that law, which makes it much harder to classify workers as independent contractors, say it will gut a wide variety of businesses and bump up their tax bills.
“A.B. 5 is huge, both in terms of the change in the law but also the scope,” said Adam Abrahms, a California attorney for Epstein Becker who represents businesses in labor relations cases. “It will take years for us to really understand this. There will be lots of litigation, lots of consternation, and probably some industry leaving California.”