California judge rules gig law does not apply to truck drivers

In the first court decision on AB5’s validity, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that California’s new gig-work law does not apply to truck drivers because it is preempted by federal law.

Judge William Highberger wrote that owner-operator truck drivers should not be reclassified as employees under AB5 and the California Supreme Court decision called Dynamex on which it is based. AB5 and Dynamex establish a test that makes it harder than before for companies to claim that workers are independent contractors.