Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference on Monday said more workers should be classified as employees, not independent contractors, in order for them to receive benefits like health care and retirement.

The classification question is coming to a head in California, where a bill aimed at addressing the so-called “gig economy” of independent contractors could classify many workers as full-time employees. The move would affect companies like Uber and Lyft that classify drivers as independent contractors.

“I think we have to look at how we define employee versus independent contractor going forward,” Cuomo said. “I think, in my opinion, forget the specifics, more people should be considered employees because what has been happening is companies have been going out of their way to hire independent contractors to get out of those obligations.”

Cuomo noted there is a “legal question” surrounding the definition of workers set by the Internal Revenue Service, calling it “a federal determination by a federal definition.”

Cuomo said he’ll likely push again for expanded worker protections.

“Part of that is redefining a worker as an employee as opposed to an independent contractor,” he said.