Client in the News: Elliot Dinkin of Cowden Associates Eyes California’s Assembly Bill 5 for a Domino Effect in Employment Practices


California’s AB5 Has Come to be Known as the “Gig Worker Bill” and Elliot Dinkin Weighs in on its Impact on the Definition of Independent Contractors and Employees.

InvestopediaJoTo PR client, Elliot Dinkin, was featured in an article in Investopedia titled, What is California Assembly B 5 (AB5)?

If gig workers who are treated as employees are, because of this legislated change in definitions, expected to adhere to a new set of standards regarding how they perform their work. For example, one major appeal of being a driver for a ridesharing or delivery company is the ability to choose when and when not to work.

As an employee, a former gig worker may lose that choice. “Certain people are very attracted to this type of work and flexibility and will most likely drop out, as they may not like fixed schedules or other rules and requirements,” says Elliot Dinkin, president and CEO of Cowden Associates, a Pittsburgh-based consulting and actuarial firm. “It has seemingly been a very popular job, based solely on the numbers of drivers.”

Cowden Associates, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, was created in 2001 by the merger of Halliwell and Associates and MMC&P Spectrum Benefits, which was founded by Jere Cowden in 1986. Currently led by President & CEO Elliot Dinkin, Cowden Associates specializes in helping corporate clients find the best solutions, both for the enterprise and for its employees, regarding compensation, healthcare benefits, retirement and pension issues, and Taft-Hartley fund consulting. Winning Workplaces and The Wall Street Journal have recognized Cowden Associates as a “Top Small Workplace,” a lifetime designation awarded to executives for their ability to build and lead savvy organizations. For more information, visit www.cowdenassociates.com 


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