Rep. Kiley, Leader Gallagher to Host Press Conference on Harmful New DOL Rule

On Tuesday, January 23, Representative Kevin Kiley and Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher will be hosting a press conference on the devastation caused by AB 5 and what is in store for California and the rest of the country now that the Biden Administration’s Labor Department has announced a new rule effectively nationalizing the law, without any of the exemptions.

Who: Representative Kevin Kiley, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher, Asm. Kate Sanchez, Independent Contractors affected by AB 5

What: Press Conference urging the Legislature to repeal AB 5 and Congress to nullify the Biden’s Administration’s new Independent Contracting rule

When: Tuesday, January 23rd at 9:30 A.M.

Where: 800 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814

The press conference will be livestreamed here.

Speakers:

  • Representative Kevin Kiley (R-CA)
  • Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
  • Asm. Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita)
  • Mr. Tom Manzo, Founder, CA Business & Industrial Alliance 
  • Mr. Matthew Estipona, Associated Builders and Contractors

Background:

Gavin Newsom and Julie Su’s AB 5 severely restricted independent contracting in California, destroying many livelihoods and harming California’s economy. As Acting Secretary of Labor, Su and the Biden Administration have announced a new Department of Labor rule, which was modeled after AB 5 and will cost millions of independent professionals across the country their livelihoods while restricting the ability of millions more to have flexible work arrangements. 

When the Department of Labor submits the rule to Congress, Rep. Kiley will introduce legislation under the Congressional Review Act to nullify this harmful regulation. Last year, Rep. Kiley chaired a hearing of his Subcommittee on Workforce Protections examining the impact that AB 5 had in California. The Committee heard testimony from, among others, the Founder of Freelancers Against AB 5. You can view that testimony here.

A new study out of George Mason University concluded that AB 5 “was associated with a significant decline in self-employment and overall employment in California.”

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