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For class-action lawsuits, independent contractor wording is what matters

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Do you use independent contractor agreements that spell out details about how those independent contractors will get the work done? If so, you may soon face a class-action lawsuit from some of those contractors.

That’s because the California Supreme Court has now made it easier to file class actions based on little more than what is in those contracts.

Recent case: A group of newspaper carriers filed suit, claiming that a newspaper company illegally treated them as independent contractors and deprived them of wage and hour protections. The California Supreme Court held that their employment relationship with the newspaper can be determined on a class-wide basis from merely reading the contracts.

The alleged independent contractors worked as newspaper home delivery carriers for Antelope Valley News­­papers and had signed an “Inde­­pen­­dent Contractor Dis­­tri­­bu­­tion Agree­­­­ment.” Four carriers filed a class-action lawsu...(register to read more)

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