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Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Ten years after the 2000 strawberry season, the California Supreme Court issed a historical and favorable ruling for agriculture on the issue of joint employment in agriculture business.  This ruling is applicable to all California businesses involved in independent contractor relationships. 

I had the rare opportunity to first draft a contract for a produce client and then litigate the import of the contract through victory in the California Supreme Court.

An article about this seminal case was published in the California Labor & Employment Law Review:

California Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of "Employer" in Minimum Wage Actions

California Supreme Court Ruling:,5,39

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