From The Epoch Times, M reports that the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge by a trucking company to California’s law, AB5, which says workers are employees unless the hiring company can show that they meet the ABC test. Matthew writes:
The Supreme Court won’t consider a challenge by Cal Cartage Transportation Express, a trucking company, to California’s unusually restrictive worker-classification law that virtually outlaws independent contracting.
Independent truckers say the California law known as AB5, which took effect Jan. 1, 2020, will kill their industry by preventing companies from hiring them. The statute, which was pushed by organized labor to crack down on the hard-to-unionize so-called gig economy represented by companies such as Uber and Lyft, was enacted ostensibly to help workers by preventing their “misclassification.” The law is unpopular in California’s business community.
The Supreme Court has yet to decide if it will take up an appeal by the California Trucking Association from a ruling from earlier in 2021 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. As The Epoch Times has previously reported, the association is arguing that the 9th Circuit was wrong to reject its challenge to AB5, which it says makes it essentially impossible for motor carriers to continue giving work to independent owner-operators.
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