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Misguided court ruling will devastate California’s economy unless legislators step in 

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  From the Daily Bulletin, Gene Wunderlich joins others in calling on the California legislature to modify the California Supreme Court’s decision adopting the ABC test for classifying workers as independent contractors. Gene writes: Reclassification will derail the hopes and plans of roughly 79 percent of independent contractors who prefer it over traditional employment, according to the…

DYNAMEX UPDATE: Are There Still Independent Contractors in California? 

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From JDSupra, Robert Cooper and Carol Lucas discuss the Dynamex decision and the effect of the ABC test on the classification of physicians in California. Robert and Carol write: However, misclassification itself is not a violation; failure to pay a misclassified employee what he or she should have been paid is the violation. If a re-classified employee would be…

Barbers quit over state ruling on independent contractors 

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  From the Sacramento Bee, Benjy Egel writes about a barbershop where barbers quit rather than be reclassified as employees following the California Supreme Court decision. Benjy writes: Three customers sat on Bottle & Barlow’s patio Wednesday afternoon, sipping cocktails and soaking up the last bits of summer sun. That was a crowd compared to the scene…

The California Supreme Court To Decide Whether California’s Labor Laws Apply To Employees Who Work Only Partially In California 

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  From JDSupra, Joseph Persoff discusses a pending case that may decide whether workers who spend 10-20 percent of their time working in California and the remainder of their time working in other states are subject to California labor laws. This is particularly important for independent contractors who may work 90% of their time in a different…

No Relief In Sight For California Employers Dealing With The Notorious ABC Test 

  From JD Supra, Richard Meneghello reports that it is unlikely that the California legislature will address the California Supreme Court’s decision to change the standard for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Richard writes: As we described earlier this summer, the California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of dozens of businesses and business advocacy…

Independent Contractor Test: Legislature Should Act 

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From CalChamber Alert,, Jennifer Barrera discusses on the California Chamber of Commerce’s position on the recent California Supreme Court case that set forth the new standard for independent contractor classification. Jennifer reports: During an interview with KPCC radio this week, Jennifer Barrera, senior vice president of policy for the California Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the urgent need…

Legislature Will Not Act This Year To Modernize Labor Laws For ‘Gig Economy’ Companies 

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  From Capital Public Radio, Ben Adler reports that the California legislature will not address the new ABC standard for classifying workers adopted by the California Supreme Court despite requests from businesses who engage with independent contractors.  Ben writes: Businesses that rely on the “gig economy” have been urging state lawmakers to overturn a California Supreme Court…

Dynamex Decision Should Be Addressed by the Legislature

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  From Fox & Hounds,  Chris Micheli argues that the California legislature should define the standard for classifying a worker as an employee or independent contractor and not the California Supreme Court. Chris writes: With such a seismic shift in California’s employment law, it is the elected branch of government that should utilize the legislative process to…