RIVERSIDE (CNS) – An Inland Empire lawmaker announced today that she will amend a bill under consideration in the Assembly in an effort to ensure small businesses are not targeted for state-sanctioned penalties or lawsuits that arise from unemployment audits tied to the coronavirus emergency.

“Small businesses are feeling some of the harshest consequences from the shelter-in-place orders in the wake of coronavirus,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore. “We as lawmakers now need to make sure they are not frivolously targeted by civil actions, penalties and fines that result from the unintended consequences of employees filing for unemployment benefits.”

Melendez said she intends to amend a proposal she submitted in February, AB 2457, which seeks to modify AB 5, the hotly debated measure that took effect Jan. 1.

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