Up-to-date News on Employment and Payroll Law: July 2022 Edition

This month we saw an uptick in revolt against California’s AB5. To learn more about AB5, read this article for some background on AB5 and how to overcome it’s challenges.

California Truckers Protest AB5

California’s AB5 is being protested by many of the people it was allegedly created to help: truckers. Which begs the question, who is AB5 really created for? Bloomberg remarks: “California Throws 70,000 Truckers in Gig-Work Legal Limbo, Risking Supply Chains.”

Port of Oakland had to close port operations due to protests, but as of July 25th, many returned to work. However, “Port of Oakland officials say it will take weeks to clear the backlog of containers that stacked up during trucker protests of AB5.

Uber’s Lawyers Press Their Case Challenging AB5

On July 13th, Uber’s lawyers arrived in court to press their case against AB5 due to it’s strict stance on independent contractor misclassification. This challenge is in response to Prop 22 being determined “unconstitutional”. They’re trying to “resurrect [their] challenge to a 2019 California law that required it to classify drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.” Read more in the full story from the Courthouse News Service.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Publishes New Release on the Employment Situation

In July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published a news release called: “The Employment Situation – June 2022”. Their research shows that the unemployment rate stayed the same at 3.6% (for the fourth month in a row). They also write that, “notable job growth occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and health care.”