In Lara v. Worker's Compensation Appeal Board, a restaurant engaged Jose Lara on two occasions to perform gardening work. On the second occasion, Lara fell from a roof and sustained injuries. He filed a claim for worker's compensation, which was granted based on a conclusion that Lara was employed by the restaurant. The Worker's Compensation Appeals Board reversed that decision, and a California court of appeal affirmed the Board's reversal, holding that Lara was an independent contractor and therefore ineligible for worker's compensation benefits. Both the Board and the court relied upon the following: (i) Lara maintained an independent business as a gardener; (ii) he had several customers; (iii) he performed services for the restaurant that were not part of the restaurant's regular business; (iv) the restaurant exercised no control over the manner in which Lara performed the gardening; (v) Lara was paid on a job-by-job (and not hour-by-hour) basis; and (vi) the services were clearly episodic in nature. While the facts in Lara were strongly in the restaurant's favor, the case is an important reminder that businesses must carefully examine worker classification.