Publication: July 10, 2019
Published: Rideshare drivers in California turned out in droves in support of a state bill that would classify them as full employees. They walked away this

fternoon with another victory in what is and is likely to continue to be a long and ugly fight. First introduced to the state assembly in January as Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) by Rep. Lorena Gonzalez, the bill codifies and expands a landmark state supreme court ruling from last May which wrestled with the same employment classification issue. In determining whether a worker is a true independent contractor (as Uber, Lyft, and other “gig economy” platforms contend) or employees, there are a number of legal tests that, in simple terms, suss out whether the laborer has sufficient say in how and when the work is completed.