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The California Supreme Court Severely Limits When It Is Appropriate To Classify A Worker As An Independent Contractor

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the matter of Dynamex Operations W., Inc. v. Superior Court, No. S222732, 2018 WL 1999120 (Cal. Apr. 30, 2018), severely restricting when it is appropriate for an employer to classify a worker as an independent contractor for purposes of the California Wage Orders.

The Court adopted the “ABC” test, utilized in several other jurisdictions, as the appropriate test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.  The “ABC” test clarifies the definition of “employ” (“to engage, suffer, or permit to work”) that is set forth in the California Wage Orders.  More>>