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Proposed California law on contractors versus employees gets key OK despite strong opposition

July 11, 2019

After dozens of workers testified for and against a bill regulating who is an employee versus a part-time contractor, it passed through a California Senate committee Wednesday, despite opposition from some industries and lawmakers. The bill codifies and clarifies a landmark California Supreme Court decision from last year that establishes a three-part test to determine if workers are employees or contractors. One of the major goals of the bill is to end employers' misclassifying workers as contractors to avoid paying them benefits and covering other employment-related costs.