SB 990

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 12, 2020
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Worker status: independent contractors: transportation network companies.


Existing law requires a 3-part test, commonly known as the "ABC" test, to determine if workers are employees or independent contractors for purposes of the Labor Code, the Unemployment Insurance Code, and the wage orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission. Under the ABC test, a person providing labor or services for remuneration is considered an employee rather than an independent contractor unless the hiring entity demonstrates that the person is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, the person performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity's business, and the person is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business. Existing law charges the Labor Commissioner with the enforcement of labor laws, including worker classification. Existing law exempts specified occupations and business relationships from the application of the ABC test described above. Existing law, instead, provides that these exempt relationships are governed by the multifactor test previously established in the case of S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations (1989) 48 Cal.3d 341. This bill would repeal these existing ABC test provisions and instead makes them operative on January 1, 2022.

Bill Sponsors (10)



May 18, 2020


May 14 set for first hearing. Failed passage in committee. (Ayes 1. Noes 4.) Reconsideration granted.

May 08, 2020


Set for hearing May 14.

Apr 17, 2020


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L., P.E. & R.

Feb 20, 2020


Referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L., P.E. & R.

Feb 13, 2020


From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 14.

Feb 12, 2020


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

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02/12/20 - Introduced PDF
04/17/20 - Amended Senate PDF

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