A Roadmap for AB 5: California's New Law on Worker Classification

A Roadmap for AB 5: California's New Law on Worker Classification

When Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) on September 18, 2019, it significantly altered the way California law distinguishes between employees and independent contractors.

Not only did AB 5 codify the California Supreme Court's decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, 4 Cal. 5th 903 (2018) (Dynamex) — it also expanded it.

Stated simply, AB 5 makes the new worker classification test established in Dynamex the general rule in most circumstances, though it does create several exceptions. For those exempted, the common law classification test will apply.

Given these exemptions and the stricter worker classification standards per this new California law, it's important for employers to understand both standards, when to apply each standard and when the law goes into effect.

Download CalChamber's free white paper, A Roadmap for AB 5: California's New Law on Worker Classification for your roadmap to worker classification compliance in California.

Published November 4, 2019

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As a not-for-profit, CalChamber is a business advocate and expert HR compliance resource for California employers. Our legislative presence at the State Capitol means we know California employment laws inside and out. We monitor, analyze and report changes as they happen, turning our expertise into products and services that help businesses more easily understand and comply with complex laws and regulations.



 

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