Trucking Company’s Drivers Employees, Not Contractors, CDI Holds

In another audit case, State Compensation Insurance Fund was right to demand premium for 29 drivers that a trucking company claimed were independent contractors, according to the California Department of Insurance. The drivers in question did not own the trucks they drove and incurred no expenses to maintain, fuel, and insure the vehicles. The case, … Read More »

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AB 5 Exemption Bills Advance, Urgency Added For Freelancers

Efforts to reform last year’s AB 5 legislation by exempting many more industries cleared the Assembly policy and appropriations committees and appear headed to the Senate. Covered industries include musicians, insurance inspectors, competition judges, appraisers, and performers hired to teach a master class. Freelance photographers, reporters, and editors also would have the 35-submission cap and … Read More »

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Dems Kill AB 5 Repeal Bill

The Democrat majority – by more than a three-to-one margin [see the votes below] – dashed the last hopes to repeal AB5 for what the Legislative Analyst’s office estimates are some 1 million freelancers. The only support came from the Republican Assemblymen in attendance; no democrat voted aye. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) asked the California … Read More »

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New Bills to Limit, Overturn AB 5 Introduced

Just days into the second half of this legislative session and there are already multiple efforts underway to limit or even undo last year’s AB 5 legislation. The controversial bill codified the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and its ABC test for differentiating between employees and independent contractors. But there is little hope. Many industries … Read More »

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Lines Drawn Over Dynamex Decision

California’s latest legislative session was not even one day old, and already battle lines are being drawn over the proper classification of workers as either independent contractors or employees. The issue is expected to be hotly contested with the expansion of the gig economy in California and concerns that employee misclassification is diverting billions of … Read More »

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