VIPKid, as of late 2020, is no longer hiring new teachers who file taxes and have a permanent residence in California.
Due to this being a new California state law, there is no reason that I can see that this will change as we approach 2021.
If you know of a VIPKid teacher who lives in California, it is because they likely signed their contract before November 30, 2019.
** UPDATED – Those who were “grandfathered” in, may inevitably be let go if they choose to reside within California as it is becoming evident that the state of California is not willing to “play ball” at all.
WHY IS VIPKID NOT HIRING IN CALIFORNIA?
The California Assembly Bill 5 would require VIPKid to hire their teachers as employees, not independent contractors.
As a result, VIPKid can no longer hire Californians.
The Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), does not just effect VIPKid, but also companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and similar companies who run their businesses with independent contractors.
Please note that not hiring Californians is at no fault of VIPKid.
WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL 5?
Signed into law in September of 2019 and went into effect in January of 2020, the CA AB5 requires companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify them as employees.
There are few exceptions and unfortunately VIPKid wasn’t able to present a strong enough case to prove that their teachers should be considered as independent contractors.
CAN I STILL WORK FOR VIPKID IF I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA?
Is it possible?
There are plenty of teachers who travel and live in different states (or even different countries), but this is because they keep their permanent address in a place that keeps them eligible to work for VIPKid.
For a personal example, my husband and I have a permanent address in North Carolina, but we have been living in apartments in various states for the past couple of years as I teach for VIPKid.
We could go and live in California for a six-month lease, but we wouldn’t officially be living there permanently.
I do still pay NC state taxes because that is where my permanent address is, even though I am not technically living there at the moment.
This may be a possibility for some people who are currently living in CA, but may not be a “permanent” resident.