Scalia Calls Calif. Gig Law Rebuke 'Warning' To Progressives

Law360 (November 12, 2020, 7:15 PM EST) -- Last week's vote by Californians approving a ballot measure shielding gig businesses from a law forcing them to provide employment benefits to drivers was a "referendum" on progressives' efforts to make Uber and others treat workers as employees, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said Thursday.

Scalia called his agency's pending rule making it harder for workers to prove they were misclassified as contractors and unfairly denied minimum and overtime pay under federal law a "counterweight" to California's Assembly Bill 5 at a virtual convention of the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal group.

A.B. 5 makes California employers prove each of three...

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