California measure would let nurses work as independent contractors

A proposed ballot measure in California would classify any nurse or healthcare worker who uses a digital platform to secure work as an independent contractor. 

A group called Californians for Equitable Healthcare Access proposed the measure, which was filed with the state's attorney general's office Jan. 24. Nielsen Merksamer — the same firm behind Uber's fight to designate drivers as independent contractors in California — submitted the proposed legislation. 

The measure would legally declare that any healthcare worker booking shifts through digital services must be classified as an independent contractor. Such a classification would allow nurses to work in an "on-demand" fashion at various hospitals and facilities, without signing with a staffing agency, according to As independent contractors, they would not have access to the same protections and benefits as healthcare employees.

The legislation comes amid the creation of more nurse-for-hire services and digital apps that seek to connect healthcare workers with open shifts, similar to Uber or Lyft. 

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