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A Year Later, Dynamex Still Has Employers Scratching Heads

By Braden Campbell (July 29, 2019, 9:23 PM EDT) -- More than a year after the California Supreme Court's Dynamex ruling made it harder for Golden State businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, employers are still struggling to figure out exactly what the blockbuster decision means.

The California justices' April 2018 decision directs courts to apply the so-called ABC test to job misclassification claims brought under the state's quasi-legislative wage orders, making companies prove workers provide a service distinct from their core business to classify them as contractors, who have fewer protections — and generally cost businesses less — than employees.

The ruling was hailed as a bombshell that could...

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