Uber Hits a Speed Bump in California: Labor Commissioner Rules Driver is an Employee

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Today, Pillsbury Paula Weber and Erica Turcios published their client alert titled Uber Hits a Speed Bump in California: Labor Commissioner Rules Driver is an Employee. This Alert discusses a recent decision that may signal a more stringent application of the test for determining independent contractor status. The California Labor Commissioner ruled in Uber Techs., Inc. v. Berwick, Labor Comm’n, Case No. 11-46739 EK (June 3, 2015), Super. Ct. Case No. CGC-15-546378, that an Uber driver is an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor.

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