Wednesday, December 18, 2019

"In leaked email, SB Nation exec suggests hundreds of fired freelancers can work for free"


When the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) in September, the intent was to turn contractors into employees with benefits.

For Vox-owned sports blog SB Nation, the result was turning hundreds of California-based contractors into writers looking for work.


"You’ve built a devoted following, and we welcome you to keep writing and participating when (and only when) you want," Ness wrote in the email sent to California contractors. "Your participation, however, would be totally optional and you would not be compensated for your contributions. We’d classify you as a 'Community Insider' on the masthead, and the CMS would remain open to you."