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

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

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 ...