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The Oregon Supreme Court says taxi drivers don't meet the definition of independent contractors. (Photo: Thinkstock)

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week that a Portland taxicab company must pay unemployment insurance taxes for certain drivers because they were improperly classified as independent contractors, the Associated Press reported.

The case comes as more attention is being paid to the employment status of for-hire drivers. Companies face higher costs for employees than they do for independent contractors, such as payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation.

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