Independent Contractors vs. Employees: The Dynamex Case

Over the past twenty years, labor law in California has become increasingly worker-friendly. In response, many businesses have adjusted by reclassifying workers as independent contractors, as opposed to employees. However, the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles reexamined and ultimately rejected the existing judicial standard for distinguishing contractors from employees. The Court introduced a new “ABC” test.

California is Getting Firey: A Look at Some Local Court Decisions Arising out of the California Wildfires

The state of California has always suffered from wildfires. However, the scope of the fires in November of 2018 was historical.
It felt like the right time to look at a sampling of local court decisions in the Trellis database that show off different approaches plaintiffs took to this problem, and where they came up short.