California Supreme Court Adopts Strict New Worker Classification Test Presuming Workers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors
California Supreme Court issued an opinion rejecting a longstanding test for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors for purposes of the state's wage orders, and adopting a new standard presuming workers are employees unless the hiring entity can satisfy certain strict criteria.
Aaron Buckley is a partner at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP in San Diego. He represents employers in cases involving wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful termination and other issues. Mr. Buckley is a member of the Wage & Hour Defense Institute, a defense-side wage and hour litigation group consisting of wage and hour litigators throughout the United States.
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