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Employer Wins: Independent Contractor Determination Is Binding On California Labor Commissioner

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Lizbeth V. West As many California employers are learning the hard way these days, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees can have far reaching consequences when an employer is audited by different governmental agencies during either a random audit or an audit that is prompted in response to a claim… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Independent Contractor v. Employee – “Saying It’s So, Doesn’t Make It So”

Posted in Wage & Hour

The risks involved in misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee have always been serious. A number of federal and state agencies regulate the proper classification of workers and have the authority to impose significant monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers who get the classification wrong.

Really? Again? – Another California Case Finds that the Parties’ Arbitration Agreement Will Not Govern their Dispute -in this Case a Dispute Centered on Whether or Not the Workers Were Independent Contractors or Employees

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. There is a relatively long list of California cases that stand for the proposition that certain types of employment disputes are not subject to arbitration. On October 17, 2012, the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Elijahjuan et al v. Superior Court of LA County (Mike Campbell & Associates, Ltd.,… Continue Reading

Employers Beware – The Crackdown Continues

Posted in New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The State of California Signed an MOU with the Federal Department of Labor Together They Will Locate and Punish Those Who Misclassify Independent Contractors By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. In my November 4, 2011 post, I discussed a new California law (Labor Code § 226.8) that imposes serious monetary fines and other sanctions against those… Continue Reading

2012 Brings A Whole New Set Of Obligations And Challenges For California Employers – Failure To Comply Could Be Devastating

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By:       Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Esq. Governor Brown signed a significant number of bills into law during the 2011/12 legislative term, many of which will have a direct impact on almost every California employer, regardless of size. Many laws impose new obligations on employers and prevent employers from engaging in what they may otherwise thought was previously… Continue Reading

The Independent Contractor Proper Classification Act (SB 2044)

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

Introduced in September by Barack Obama, SB 2044 places stricter requirements on who can be classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. If independent contractors are moved into the category of employees, employers will be required to pay higher taxes on those individuals. Additionally, such legislation would increase potential liability concerns for employers…. Continue Reading