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The California Supreme Court published a unanimous decision presenting a new legal standard for determining whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The Court moved away from the previous, multifactor worker classification analysis and joined other jurisdictions that have adopted the “simpler, more structured” “ABC” test as the legal standard for worker classifications. In addition, the Court placed the affirmative burden on employers to prove that they properly classified their workers. 

Authors: Christina Tellado Deisy Castro

Type: Client Alerts

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court published its unanimous decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County¸ No. S222732 (Cal. April 30, 2018), which presented a new legal standard for determining whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. In its opinion, the Court moved away from the previous, multifactor worker classification analysis and joined other jurisdictions that have adopted the “simpler, more structured” “ABC” test as the legal standard for worker classifications. In addition, the Court placed the affirmative burden on employers to prove that they properly classified their workers.