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Handy Avoids Initial Injunction Bid in San Francisco Labor Suit

Sept. 24, 2021, 12:41 AM

Handy Technologies Inc. does not have to immediately begin classifying its workers as employees, even though it likely doesn’t satisfy California’s requirements to classify them as independent contractors, a judge in San Francisco said Thursday.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s office, which sued Handy in March, sought an injunction blocking the company from classifying workers who find cleaning jobs through the app as independent contractors.

Under the so-called ABC Test, laid out in Assembly Bill 5, Handy’s “Pros” don’t meet the requirements for independent contractors, the city said. Handy argued it serves as a referral service, and is therefore exempt ...

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