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California allows more exemptions from landmark labor law

Posted at 7:49 AM, Sep 05, 2020

California is exempting about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill ending what lawmakers said were unworkable limits on services provided by freelance writers and still photographers, photojournalists, and freelance editors and newspaper cartoonists.

It also exempts various artists and musicians, along with some involved in the insurance and real estate industries.

The law that took effect this year was primarily aimed at ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which are fighting it in court and in a November ballot measure.