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    I have been hearing rumblings about this new law for the last several months, but finally did a deep dive myself last night reading every article I could find on it and it looks like starting on January 1 there’s no way around not putting all of temporary film crew on payroll as an employee for those of us operating in California. Several months ago when I first started hearing about it I thought if all of my contractors became LLC’s or corporations that would resolve the issue, but it seems like that is now not the case?

    I’m looking into payroll options and will probably consult with a lawyer first, but in the meantime I’m probably going to have to go back to my clients that have already booked me and my crew in January to see if all of my crew members can invoice them directly instead of subcontracting through me just to make sure I’m covered in the meantime.

    What is everyone else’s plans? Sounds like there are some VERY hefty fines for not complying.

    https://topsheet.io/blog/everything-...o-know-ab5-law


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    California doing what it can to make life harder.

    Typical.
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    Former contractors will now have W2 forms from who knows how many 'employers' and 3-4 dozen full time jobs that lasted only a few days. What a tax filing mess it will be for them.


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    Basically will turn every project into a union gig and additional 15% taxes/fees on labor that the production company/producer will have to pay (or try to pass on to clients). Will also need to have workers comp insurance as well.


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    The article has some rather jejune opinions that would flunk Econ 101. Nonetheless, this isn't anything new.

    https://deadline.com/2018/08/hollywo...me-1202442606/


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    It's essentially a money grab by the state of Kalifornia in the name of helping the little guy, BUT ultimately it's going to hurt the little guy, probably very significantly.

    I have a large client, that has for years used 1,000's of freelancers for 100's of days a year(myself included). The story, as I've been told it, goes something like this: the IRS had been watching them for several years and came to them and said that we are not freelancers, that at those amount of days we are employees. Well that completely changes everything, because now they are responsible for health care and things like that. So what do they do? They institute a cap on days that you can work to keep you below a threshold that allows you to be considered freelance/1099. So, ultimately, what did it do? Did it help "the little guy"? No. It F***ed over a lot of "little guys" making a lot of money, because the company wasn't going to take on the added burden and expense associated with us becoming employees. So not only did it not net anyone anything like healthcare, retirement, etc., it made it if more burdensome on "the little guys", because now they are being paid significantly less. And ironically enough, as far as the IRS is concerned, now they're also paying less in taxes, so the govn't is making less off the individuals, as well.


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    That's nothing new either. I recall that, in the early 80's, if you worked fewer than 32 hours/week, you were considered a part-timer (no medical coverage, etc.) So, it made more sense to hire three part-timers than two full-timers. And most employers wanted to keep the part-timers to under 30 hours, just to be safe.

    Of course, from the Hollywood North article, it shows California losing billions in production funding. Now, if you add porn into the mix...


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    Zkls2rj.jpg

    I guess Vox learned the hard way.

    Or their Karma ran over their Dogma.

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    I foresee a lot of one man banding for me in the future.
    It's a business first and a creative outlet second.
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