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CA Voters Exempt App-Based Transportation and Delivery Drivers from State Law Regulating Independent Contractors

Voters in California approved Proposition 22, a ballot initiative allowing app-based transportation and delivery companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash to continue classifying their workers as independent contractors.  The passage of this ballot initiative effectively means that these gig workers would be exempt from California state law AB 5 which required these app-based companies to treat their workers as employees rather than independent contractors. App-based companies spent more than $200 million to pass the initiative.

The ballot initiative was approved with 58% of more than 11 million voters choosing to keep gig workers classified as independent contractors according to an Associated Press tally.  It remains to be seen what long term impact this ballot initiative may have on efforts to fight misclassification of construction workers in California and across the nation.

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