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Employee or contractor? How CA’s new standards could spark changes in the gig economy

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The California Supreme Court ruled on what defines an independent contractor versus an employee.

The ruling narrowed the terms under which a worker can be considered an independent contractor. The court laid out three provisions necessary to be considered independent. But interpreting those rules has been the hard part.

We examine the effects of the state’s Supreme Court decision, particularly on those working in the gig economy.


Michael Bernick, counsel for Duane Morris LLP where he practices in the area of labor and employment law; former director of California’s labor department and Employment Development Department and a Milken Institute research fellow 

Jennifer Barrera, senior vice president of policy for the California Chamber of Commerce