Classic bonneted American semi truck with chrome trim and a refrigerator trailer drive on the straight road in the California fields. (Shutterstock)

California’s gig worker law, AB5, does apply to truckers. The law requires employers to provide benefits to workers in gig-economy jobs such as ride share drivers and food delivery. A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court handed down the decision Wednesday on a vote of two to one to overturn a lower court ruling. The new ruling could apply to as many as 70,000 truck drivers in California who continue to work while classified as independent contractors. The appeals court heard oral arguments on the case in June. The California Trucking Association has vowed to further appeal the decision.