Taking the “Con” Out of Contractors: California Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Independent Contractors

Taking the “Con” Out of Contractors: California Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Independent Contractors

May 03, 2018

Client Alert

Brownstein Client Alert, May 3, 2018

Recognizing the “potentially substantial economic incentives that a business may have” to mischaracterize workers, the California Supreme Court this week announced a strict new test for classifying workers as independent contractors. In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, the court adopted the narrow “ABC Test,” placing the burden on employers to establish that a worker is not covered by California’s Wage Orders.

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