(REASON) Joe Biden, the former vice president who last night basically cemented his front-runner status for the Democratic presidential nomination, has thrown his support behind Assembly Bill 5 (A.B. 5), the disastrous gig economy law in California that has even drawn the ire of many progressives.
His announcement, made over the weekend, is another reminder that the career politician has often expressed unequivocal support for the liberal issue of the moment, no matter what types of unintended consequences it might create.
At the core of A.B. 5 is an attempt to force companies to classify contractors as employees. It enshrines into law the "ABC" standard—affirmed in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles—which makes it a near-impossible feat for companies to keep contractors on the payroll. According to A.B. 5, a contractor must control their workload, perform duties outside of the company's primary scope, and be "customarily engaged" in an independent trade or profession.
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