California’s job-killing AB-5 law, which has already shuttered jobs for as many as 1 million state residents, is influencing other states to weaponize similar regulatory laws against independent contractors.
I live in Indiana, and I'm already losing work with major clients. After being commissioned to write a story for Good Housekeeping Magazine, I began working on it — scheduling interviews and sketching an outline. Days later, I received an email informing me that Hearst, the magazine empire that owns Good Housekeeping and 25 other prominent titles, no longer hires writers from the state of Indiana. My first thought was that they had to be mistaken. After consulting with their legal team and the Indiana Speaker’s House, I discovered that Hearst was spooked by Indiana’s version of the lousy labor law California has adopted. Apparently, it's contagious.