Da Magnificent Seven Minus One or What the #AB5 ever Happened to Baldilocks?

Over the 12 years of this blogs life there have been few constants but since the introduction of DaMagnificent Seven Bloggers seeing Juliette “Baldilocks” Ochieng every Saturday night became a regular feature of the site.

And when Fausta Wertz ended up leaving due to illness Juliette started posting twice a week picking up Tuesday nights. She has brought plenty of traffice to the site and her pieces have been worth every penny I’ve paid her over the years.

However if you have been reading the blog this year you might have noticed that you’ve seen less and less than her. First her twice a week posts became once a week, then it became every other week it became once a week, then they were gone.

The good news it that it’s not due to illness, Juliette is feeling fine, nor is it a matter of a drop in quality. I’ve been delighted with her work and her opinions and insights for years and she is just as sharp as she has been since day one.

Alas the culprit here is the State of California or to be specific the AB5 law.

Under this law if a contractor produces beyond a particular amount of contract work said contractor must be hired as a full time employee subject to all the laws of a normal full time workers rather than as a contributor to a magazine or site.

And while I love her work I simply can’t justify such an expense which would be beyond what we bring in, furthermore if I ignore this law being in Massachusetts I might face a suit from California that would be even more expensive.

So until AB5 is repealed or January rolls around I’m afraid you won’t be seeing new posts authored by Baldilocks. But even more importantly this means Juliette will not be able to earn the money I would have paid her for those posts and the bonus I would give her every time she brought an Instalance to the site.

So while I’m always delighted when anyone hits DaTipJar I’d like to ask an odd favor.

If you have the time, the cash and the inclination consider heading over to her own site here and hit her tip jar to help make up for the dollars that she will not make from the 75 posts that she will not write on the site this year.

I would appreciate it and so would she.

5 thoughts on “Da Magnificent Seven Minus One or What the #AB5 ever Happened to Baldilocks?

  1. Ugh!!! Washington State passed similar legislation. I can’t even complain about how it has affected my work, because I am bound not to by the company I work for.

  2. INAL, but what if her site was firewalled, but you reposted her posts here and you hit her tip jar for them? There are probably plenty of (legal) reasons why it wouldn’t work, but I thought I’d ask.

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