On September 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 323, which provides newspaper carriers a one-year reprieve from AB 5’s application. Therefore, through at least 2021, the Borello test will apply to these workers.
On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-anticipated proposed rule addressing when a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
On September 17, 2020, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Jim Kenney signed File Number 200303, an amendment to the city's generally applicable paid sick and safe time law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance (PHFWO).
As the world focused its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, other legal issues took a back seat. In California, however, the topic of whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee has come to the fore.
The federal government recently released its unified federal regulatory agenda–the document that outlines regulatory and deregulatory actions agencies expect to take in coming months. Issues involving labor and employment featured prominently on the list.
On June 1, 2020, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance temporarily requiring certain companies that rely on “gig economy” workers to provide paid sick and safe time to those workers for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.