A Good Read on Caddie Programs in California

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CaddieNow's Comprehensive Offering in California Addresses AB-5 Issues and Much, Much More

As clubs continue to determine the best path forward in golf’s ‘new normal', we are constantly sharing ideas with Head Golf Professionals, Directors of Golf, Caddie Program Managers, and GM's throughout California - each looking to address different aspects of their caddie programs. It can be hard to navigate the myriad of challenges you face in California. It takes time that you probably don’t have. We’ve spent a lot of hours and energy curating this list of articles so that you can understand the common challenges, how to address them, and what it takes to successfully implement change. From AB-5 to the constant drumbeat of employee misclassification lawsuits across multiple industries, we can help you navigate the potential impact on your club, caddies, and members, and provide options for preserving, protecting, and growing your caddie traditions.


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State by State - California

Employee or IC?

The news cycle is delivering a drumbeat of new legal action around the misclassification of employees. Already in 2020, there have been legal developments in California featuring cases of businesses misclassifying their workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

September 2, 2020

CA Law AB 2257 Becomes Law Today With Relief for Golf Industry, Caddies

"Yesterday CA's State Assembly passed an urgent Repeal and Replace bill, titled AB 2257, designed to replace and dramatically amend the AB5 Law that went into place earlier this year in CA.  For Clubs with Caddie Programs - this is GREAT news, as you can now work through "Referral Agencies" (CaddieNow falls in this category) and maintain your caddie corps without interruption and without being forced to make your caddies employees!Learn more...

August 2020

AB 5 Update: AB 2257 Would Amend California Independent Contractor Law

"AB 5, California’s sweeping and landmark independent contractor law, became effective on January 1, 2020. By January 6, bills were already being introduced to amend the law. At one time, more than 30 such bills were pending. After months of debate, that work seems to have been distilled into a single-vehicle: AB 2257.Learn more...

"AB5 codified and expanded the “ABC test” adopted by the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court for determining whether workers in California should be classified as employees or as independent contractors.Learn more...

Classifying a California worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee comes with risk, but the consequences are increasing on several fronts.” Learn more...

In a budget deal finalized today and expected to be approved by state lawmakers in a matter of days, the California state legislature has reached an agreement that will see $17.5 million allocated toward enforcement of AB-5.” Learn more...

June 2020 -
California PUC rules that Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

The California Public Utilities Commission in an order announced this week ruled that ride-hailing drivers with Uber and Lyft are employees under last year’s Assembly Bill 5.”

May 2020 -
California sues Uber, Lyft for allegedly misclassifying drivers as contractors

COVID-19 is not stopping enforcement of AB5 here in California.”

March 2020 -
Caddies at a Crossroads: How a new law is shaking the foundations of California’s looper culture

The conversations focus on a new California state law and its potential impact on Saunders’ profession. Widely referred to as the “gig worker bill,” California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which went into effect on Jan. 1, seeks to extend benefits and protections to independent contractors by requiring companies that hire them to reclassify them as employees.”

Jan 2020 -
‘ABC Test’ for Independent Contractors Set to Take Effect in California Jan. 1

"As 2019 draws to a close, every business with a California presence should consider evaluating its workforce in the Golden State to ensure compliance with AB 5"

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What We are Hearing From Our Partners in California

"We're different, and CaddieNow's Software-as-a-Service model provides a simple, seamless solution that allows us to communicate, schedule, and remove cash from our Caddie Operation."

- Bill Sendell, Member Services - Tehama Golf Resort

"Addressing new labor laws in CA was our biggest concern. As the only company taking on caddies as its employees, CaddieNow's Premier Service Level provides the perfect solution for addressing AB-5's strict employee classification standards."

- John McCook, Director of Golf - Newport Beach Country Club

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