By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Headline Wealth
A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing.
The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or freelancers rather than employees.
Supporters say it addresses inequities created by the growth of the gig economy, including the employment practices of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that use contractors.
But the union-backed legislation went far beyond demanding that drivers be treated like employees. In theory, it could extend to everything from hospice and home healthcare workers to babysitters to newspaper employees and even (depending on the laws) workers in the sex trade..