A Key Call On Calif. Independent Contractor Classification

Law360, New York (July 1, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT) -- On June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court rounded out its term with Maria Ayala et al. v. Antelope Valley Newspapers Inc., a highly anticipated decision concerning claims that employees were misclassified as independent contractors. Limiting its analysis solely to the common law test announced in its earlier decision in S.G. Borello & Sons Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations[1], the state high court unanimously affirmed the court of appeal's reversal of the trial court's order denying class certification. Three of the justices, however, wrote two separate concurrences.

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Four newspaper carriers, Maria Ayala, Josefina Briseno, Rosa Duran...

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