On September 11, 2019, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 5, a landmark employment bill that largely codifies the state Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court, which we blogged about here. Although the law has been criticized for numerous industry-specific exemptions, described below, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it…

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In its recently issued decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed course on the test it uses to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, adopting a more employer-friendly standard. While it retains the common law’s multi-factor test for determining…

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR 2019 In many ways, 2018 was a bellwether year for California employment law, seeing major changes in the laws pertaining to sexual harassment, independent contractors, and a whole host of other issues. Does 2019 hold as many big surprises in store? The short answer: probably not, but…

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TOP 10 EMPLOYMENT LAW DEVELOPMENTS OF 2018: NUMBER 1 – DYNAMEX TURNS THE WORLD OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LAW UPSIDE DOWN To be honest, there was no contest for the top development in California employment law in 2018. It was a runaway, and chances are if you asked any employment lawyer, plaintiff or defense side, they…

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As most employers are undoubtedly aware, April’s dynamite Dynamex decision blew up the definition of “employer” for purposes of determining independent contractor status. The California Supreme Court utilized the newly adopted “ABC test” for determining whether an employer “suffers or permits” the work, thereby justifying classifying the worker an employee.  The knockout blow came in…

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