California to Expand Labor Rights for “Gig Economy” Workers

HeadlineSep 13, 2019

Meanwhile, California lawmakers have approved a bill cracking down on “gig economy” companies that classify employees as independent contractors rather than hourly workers. Under the legislation, workers who are part of a company’s main business or who are directed by a company’s managers must be classified as employees instead of contractors, beginning on January 1. Governor Gavin Newsom has promised to sign the bill, which could see thousands of workers win a guaranteed minimum wage and workers’ compensation insurance. Executives at the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft said this week they have no plans to reclassify their drivers as employees.

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