I’ve been a freelance journalist for almost 30 years. I have always enjoyed having my independence. Also, my son, who will be 19 at the end of this month, has autism; my schedule has allowed me to take him to therapy, pick him up from school when he’s had a meltdown, and take him to see doctors and other programs.
Why I’m worried about S863 (formerly S4204/A5936): It’s a version of the AB5 independent contractor law that just got passed in California, and freelancers there have lost work. New Jersey’s proposed version seems stricter. I don’t want to lose clients. I just turned 62, and there’s a lot of ageism in my field. No one will hire me for a full-time, in-office position. I’ll lose my livelihood and will be forced to move.
What I want lawmakers to know: Please, consider how this legislation will hurt freelancers, moms, older freelancers and disabled people.