California passes landmark bill to treat contract workers as employees, sending it to the governor for signature

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California on Tuesday approved a landmark bill that would consider contractors for companies like Uber and Lyft as employees.

The bill passed in a 29 to 11 vote in the State Senate, according to the New York Times, and it would apply to companies that use apps to manage their goods and services.

The landmark move will likely affect over 1 million workers in California. The bill's passage comes after years of debate on how to better manage a gig-based economy as people begin to shift their employment towards contract work.

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said on Twitter that the move would "stop the misclassification of nearly a million" California workers so that they would be entitled to employment benefits like minimum wage and workplace rights.

This is a developing story.

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