Bloomberg Law
Aug. 28, 2019, 2:31 PMUpdated: Aug. 28, 2019, 6:13 PM

Fight Over Who’s an ‘Employee’ in California Hits Critical Stage (1)

Joyce E. Cutler
Joyce E. Cutler
Staff Correspondent
Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

California businesses are scrambling to lobby state lawmakers as a deadline looms for a bill that seeks to clarify the high-voltage issue of which workers are employees and which are independent contractors.

Assembly Bill 5, a measure that would put into state law a California Supreme Court decision setting a more difficult standard for companies to label their workers as contractors, must move in the Legislature by Aug. 30 or die for this year. The proposal has become as much a lightning rod for criticism and lobbying as the April 2018 decision that adopted a three-factor test to determine ...

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