ZipRealty converts California agents to independent contractors

Move does not impact company's agents in other states

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National brokerage company ZipRealty announced Thursday that all of its agents in California will become independent contractors.

ZipRealty has 910 agents in California, about 28 percent of its total number of agents nationwide. As of Sept. 1, ZipRealty will engage all of its agents in California as independent contractors.

In all but two of the 35 markets ZipRealty covers, the company’s agents are employees. The other two markets are Las Vegas and New York, where agents are independent contractors.