Many discuss ways to reach your full potential. Well, I am already there and living the California dream. What it took to get here was working for myself as an independent contractor. Now, the career I’ve built seems to be falling apart.
Thirty years ago, I was working as an employee for a trucking company, feeling stalled and unable to move up. I had a lifestyle in mind for me and my family, but I couldn’t reach it working as an employee in the trucking industry in California.
After four years as an employee, I took a risk and bought a new truck — one I could call my own — and became the owner-operator of Katakis Trucking. It took what seemed like ages to be able to obtain the necessary certifications.
I knew I had to work very hard to successfully work on my terms. I worked to achieve not only the goals I set when coming to this country, but the California dream for my family. The hardship proved worth it as I am now an established owner-operator. Well, for now, that is.
Now, all of it is at risk. Last year, in what has become known as the Dynamex decision, the California Supreme Court changed the definition of an independent contractor. It named three factors, called the ABC test, to determine if a worker qualifies as an independent contractor rather than an employee. It’s a radical change from the definition I have been working under for the last three decades as an independent contractor.
An independent contractor must A) be free from the employer’s control and direction in connection with the performance of work; B) perform work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and C) customarily engage in an independently established trade, occupation or business …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics