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Find Hope and Take Action: Understanding AB5 Carve-Outs

The more we can understand the law, the better off we’ll be. As you recall, under the AB5 law, independent contractors, or ICs, must meet all three strict ABC criteria to truly qualify as independent contractors rather than employees. In this article we’ll take a closer look at the exceptions or carve-outs to the law. First, a few qualifiers. Out of the thousands of jobs in the cradle of innovation that is the very large state of California, only a few dozen industries are carved out of the AB5 legislation, and the jobs that are carved out specifically can seem arbitrary. For example, fine artists are carved out, but musicians aren’t. Psychologists get an exception, but psychiatrists are not specifically named as being outside of AB5’s ABC Test.Plus, we must keep in mind that these carved out professions are not truly exempt from all IC requirements. They are simply exempt from the ABC Test, which means that contractors must still be qualified under the previous multi-factor Borello Test.

Talent Acquisition via Skilled Migration

‘Talent crunch’, ‘brain drain’, ‘war on talent’ – there are many terms being used to describe how technological shifts in the workforce are creating unprecedented demand for new skills. Finding the right talent for existing and especially emerging jobs is a huge priority for Australian organisations and agencies in the current climate of industry 4.0. With demand outstripping supply – particularly for digital skills – organisations need to consider recruitment beyond domestic borders to mobilise the talent they need to prosper both now and into the future.

Why Australia’s Mining Industry Needs Skilled Migration

The demand for workers in the mining sector is at its highest level since the previous boom-time peak in 2013. Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA, have projected that 21,000 new workers are required by 2024 due to 57 new projects in the pipeline worth $41 billion. With local talent shortages already apparent and as new projects come to fruition, skilled migration is essential to securing the volume and calibre of talent that businesses need. Take a look at how organisations can harness migration to bridge skill shortages and maintain their competitiveness.

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