CA Labor Commissioner Uber Ruling a Reminder to Evaluate Independent Contractor Status

The California Labor Commissioner has ruled that an Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor, despite the driver’s signing an independent contractor agreement.  (Click here to read the ruling.)  Like Oregon, California law employs a multi-factor test to determine whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor — even if the worker agrees he or she is an independent contractor.  Uber plans to appeal the ruling.  In the interim, the ruling is a reminder to businesses to ensure that their workers are properly classified.  Indeed, local attention to the California ruling (article available here) could signal increased focus on Oregon businesses.