Ninth Circuit Amends Narayan v. EGL, Weakening Language Re Effect of Contracts Acknowledging Independent Contractor Status

Truck driver at TVA's Douglas Dam, Tennessee (LOC)
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Significantly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday amended its opinion in Narayan v. EGL, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2010 WL 3035487 (9th Cir. July 13, 2010).  The Court had written that “The fact that the Drivers here had contracts ‘expressly acknowledging that they were independent contractors‘ is simply not significant under California’s test of employment.”

The Court replaced this holding with “That the Drivers here had contracts ‘expressly acknowledging that they were independent contractors’ is simply not dispositive under California’s test of employment.”

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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