Non-monetary release programs need to be studied further. This is the first step in understanding whether the cash bail system, the risk assessment system, or some hybrid system is appropriate to ensure public safety while making sure defendants show up to their court hearings.
So AB 5 is being lobbied heavily both by business advocates and by organized labor, which seeks to ensure that gig economy workers have workplace protections, including the right to collective bargaining. It has also put Gov. Gavin Newsom, who wants to be viewed as an ally to both labor and tech, in an awkward position.
Rather than expanding the definition of who is an employee, a better approach would be to give more wage and labor protections to independent contractors or create a third category for on-demand workers.
"For the first time in our state's history the governor has made the list of advisory committee members public and I applaud the announcement," Becton said. "This brings additional transparency and information not only to judicial applicants but for the public."
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council of California recently put a cap on the tenure an assigned judge can serve, and Minier’s stretch of 15 years far exceeded the limit of 1,320 days. He was facing retirement until he received a call from Madera County’s presiding judge. “He said our traffic commissioner just quit,” Minier said. “And he knew I was going to be kind of out of a job.”