Independent contractors’ “benefits” in California

Benefit Eligibility
Workers’ compensation Independent contractors do not qualify for workers’ compensation.
Unemployment insurance Independent contractors are not eligible for unemployment insurance and thus do not get unemployment benefits when they are not working.
Disability insurance Independent contractors can apply for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC), but coverage is not guaranteed.
Social Security and Medicare Payroll taxes are not withheld in payments independent contractors receive. As a result, independent contractors must pay the Self-Employment Tax to cover Social Security and Medicare.

Source: EPI analysis of California labor laws

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