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The law governing worker classification can be quite complicated, and the legislature and courts in California have now made the law even more challenging for employers.

In recent years, employers have faced increased scrutiny regarding their classification of workers as independent contractors rather than as employees. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that in 2017 employers classified nearly 15.5 million workers, representing 10.1 percent of the workforce, as independent contractors across a variety of sectors in the economy.

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