Freelancers Under Fire

The tele-briefing scheduled for today, November 25 at noon ET has been postponed. The ASJA-hosted conference call was intended to help members and other freelance writers better understand California’s AB5 and two similar bills proposed in New Jersey. Written to help reclassify workers in their prospective states, these measures threaten the livelihood of independent writers. Last Friday, amendments were introduced to the New Jersey bills. A statement was released but the text of the amendments was not available as of last evening. In order to provide the best information to callers, ASJA has decided to postpone the tele-briefing until there is better information available about these measures. 

ASJA will send out a notice once a call has been scheduled. We apologize for the late notice and appreciate your support and understanding.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) will host a telephone briefing on Monday, November 25 at noon, ET, to brief freelance writers on the state of anti-freelance laws in California and New Jersey. The call is free.

This fall, California enacted AB5, a law intended to protect gig workers from exploitation by large companies. Unfortunately, the measure also places restrictions on the work of freelance writers. Last week, New Jersey introduced a similar bill but with greater restrictions. During this call, ASJA will host on-the-ground activists who will discuss the implications and statuses of each of these measures.

Randy Dotinga is the past president of ASJA and advocated against the California law. Gwen Moran is a long-time freelance writer in New Jersey and helped mobilize a response in that state last week. The discussion will be moderated by ASJA president, Milt Toby.

Call in details:

Dial in: (712) 770-4598
Access Code: 725445

Questions can be sent to prior to and during the call. Milt, Randy, and Gwen will get to as many questions as possible at the end of the call.

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's largest professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement.

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