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The Gig Economy Bill

The Gig Economy Bill

The California legislature is now considering bill AB 5 (the “gig economy bill”) to mandate W2 employee classification. This classification would extend Workers Comp and unemployment security to gig workers.

Bolt Staffing employs between 200 and 400 people per week in the Bay Area. This summer the company launched a new brand called Bolt Gigs, which uses a mobile app to match qualified servers, bartenders and kitchen staff with desired shifts all over the Bay Area.

Both Bolt Gigs and Bolt Staffing were started by Joanne Sanders, former mayor of Sonoma, and are located at 955 Broadway.

Bolt Gigs is launching in the midst of the “Uberization of Work,” where people can open their phones, turn on their app, and start working.

“There has been growing controversy about workers for shift-based companies such as Uber because the workers are classified as independent contractors instead of employees,” said Sanders. This “Uberization” means that these gig workers don’t receive workers comp or unemployment insurance or access to health insurance. But Bolt seeks to change the way workers are treated in the gig economy by classifying these gig workers as true W2 employees.

“We offer workers a flexible way for hospitality workers to pick up event shifts without sacrificing security and support,” said Joanne Sanders.

All hospitality jobs through Bolt pay $15 or more, according to Calvin Sanders.

All work locations are screened, in person, by a Bolt Gigs representative before any workers are sent to the location. We do this to ensure safety, and that labor regulations are met.

Sanders serves as CEO and her husband, Morgan Sanders, is the company’s CFO. Calvin Sanders is director of brand development, responsible for building the Bolt Gigs brand.

Bolt has provided event and hospitality staff to Bay Area wineries, venues, catering companies and event planners since 1998. More information is available at boltgigs.com.

The Gig Economy Bill

The Gig Economy Bill

The California legislature is now considering bill AB 5 (the “gig economy bill”) to mandate W2 employee classification. This classification would extend Workers Comp and unemployment security to gig workers.

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