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 Dynamex “ABC” Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively

On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Dynamex Operation West, Inc., v. Superior Court., (“Dynamex”) the California Supreme Court landmark decision which made it significantly more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractor, applies retroactively.

As we previously reported here, in May of 2018 the California Supreme Court abandoned its previous multi-factor independent contractor standard that required a worker to demonstrate an employer had sufficient control to find that there is an employee-employer relationship. Rather, the California Supreme Court now embraces a standard that presumes all workers are employees instead of independent contractors, and places the burden on the employer classifying an individual as an independent contractor to establish that such classification is proper under the “ABC” test. As such, an employer now bears the burden that a worker satisfies all 3 factors of the “ABC” test in order to be properly classified as an independent contractor: A) the individual is free from the employer’s control and direction; B) the individual performs work that is outside the usual course of the employer’s business; and C) the individual has an independently established trade, occupation, or business.

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Source: The Saqui Law Group

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