On August 30, 2019 Governor Gavin Newson signed SB 778, which clarifies and extends the initial compliance deadline for California's harassment training requirements enacted in 2018. SB 778 extends the harassment training compliance deadline from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021 for most employers to train their supervisors who were not already subject to AB 1825 harassment training, and for employers with five or more employers to provide harassment training to non-supervisory employees.
The independent contractor / employee distinction is a vital one for businesses across California and the United States. "Employee" status confers many legal benefits that "independent contractor" status does not so confer. For example, only employees are subject to the California Labor Code and IWC Wage Orders, which govern matters such as minimum wage, overtime, and meal/rest breaks. Additionally, benefits such as paid sick days, family leave rights, workers' compensation, disability insurance, and unemployment insurance all depend on an individual qualifying as an "employee."