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Independent contractor status in California: Court of Appeal wades into classification debate

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The Court of Appeal of California has ruled in a case testing the limits of calling workers independent contractors. Employers should review their independent contractor arrangements to make sure they meet California requirements.

Recent case: Romeo and three other truck drivers who worked at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, transporting goods for Seacon.

Around 2008, the ports implemented a clean-air program, prohibiting older trucks from accessing the ports. Before then, drivers generally owned their own trucks and worked as independent contractors. After the clean-air program began, older, higher-emission trucks could no longer work the ports. Companies such as Seacon had to buy new trucks to comply with the new rules.

Even though they now drove company trucks, the drivers continued to be classified by Seacon as independent contractors. The company required drivers to enter into lease agreements for the tru...(register to read more)

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