California Supreme Court Holds Dynamex ABC Test for Independent Contractors Applies Retroactively

In 2018, the California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court fundamentally changed the manner by which workers are classified as employees or independent contractors. The court found under the “suffer or permit to work” employee definition in all California wage orders, any worker who performs work for a business is…

California Approves Amendments to the AB 5 Independent Contractor/Employee Rules

On September 4, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 2257, which exempts several additional occupations from the ABC Test under AB 5, and attempts to further clarify the distinction between employer-employee relationships and professionals that run their own independent businesses.  AB 2257 is a lengthy bill that made several significant changes. We have summarized…

New Coronavirus Presumption Likely to Increase Premium Costs for Employers

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that a California employee who contracts COVID-19 contracted it in the course of their employment.  This would entitle the employee to workers’ compensation benefits, unless the employer successfully proved they did not contract it at work.  In a normal workers’ compensation claim, the…