Taxi Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

HR Daily Advisor

Matthew A. Goodin, a Senior Attorney in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s San Francisco office, authored an article in HR Daily Advisor, titled “Taxi Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?”

Following is an excerpt:

With lawsuits against ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the news, the issue of whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee has been getting quite a bit of attention recently. The following case involved an employee performing what now seems like an almost old-fashioned occupation: taxicab driver.

The trial court found the taxi driver was an independent contractor, but the court of appeal concluded the trial court applied the wrong standard and sent the case back to the lower court with instructions on the correct standard to apply.