Contractor Appeals Audit Claiming Independent Contractors

A small Southern California construction company that claims to be a sole proprietorship with no employees is asking the California Department of Insurance to intervene in a nearly $400,000 premium dispute with its workers’ comp carrier. The home remodeling company says it used independent contractors to complete its projects, but the carrier says the contractor … Read More »

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Bills Extending, Expanding AB 5 Exemptions Advance

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee moved two bills to extend the sunset dates for certain industry exemptions to California’s rule for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees. One of the bills would extend an existing exemption for newspaper carriers, while the second would extend exemptions for licensed manicurists, and subcontractors providing trucking … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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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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Lots More AB 5 Exceptions

The California Legislature is sending a major group of exemptions from the Dynamex ABC test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees to the Governor for approval. It is an urgency measure and takes effect upon the Governor’s signature. He has indicated he will sign it. AB 2257 passed as an urgency measure, meaning it … Read More »

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AG Sues To Enforce AB 5, Gig Companies Ask Ninth Circuit To Block The Law

The growing legal battle over California’s AB 5 legislation that raised the bar for declaring a worker an independent contractor is playing out in two different San Francisco courts that are less than a half-mile apart. California’s Attorney General filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court to hold the rideshare companies Uber Technologies and Lyft … Read More »

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