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San Jose, CA employee and independent contractor attorney

The employment laws in California have gone through a number of major changes over the past year. Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which went into effect on January 1, 2020, put in place new rules for worker classification, specifying when a person may be considered an employee or an independent contractor. However, there has been some confusion about whether certain workers are exempt from these rules. A new bill, AB2257, was approved by California Governor Gavin Newsom on September 4, 2020, superseding, amending, and adding further complexity to the worker classification issue.

Exemptions Under AB2257

AB5 specified, with certain exceptions, that a three-part test, known as the “ABC test,” should be used to determine whether a worker should be classified as an employee or as an independent contractor. This test states that for a person to be considered an independent contractor, he or she must 1) be free from the control and direction of the company that hired him or her when performing his or her duties, 2) perform work that is not in the usual course of the hiring company’s business, and 3) regularly be engaged in a trade or occupation that has been established independently.

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