ASTA is asking travel advisors in California to contact
lawmakers and ask for a time extension to register as an independent contractor
who is exempt from the state’s new labor regulations.
According to ASTA, travel advisors must secure a business license
from their municipality by July 1 to qualify for the exemption.
“Given the severe disruption to our industry from the Covid
pandemic, we think an extension of this date is warranted, and we are working
with the CCTO and others to make it happen,” the ASTA said in its Travel
Advisor Daily newsletter.
ASTA has created a grassroots portal
enabling California travel advisors to easily contact their state legislator.
ASTA and the California Coalition of
Travel Organizations successfully lobbied for an exemption to Assembly Bill 5, ensuring
that they still could be classified as independent contractors under previous regulations
that had been in place for years. Without the exemption, travel agencies wouldn’t
have been able to use the services of independent contractors, upsetting a longtime
business model in the industry.