CalChamber to Host Webinar on Consequences of Misclassifying Independent Contractors

UPDATE 9/15/2016: Recorded webinar now available on the CalChamber Store.

A live webinar on the consequences of misclassifying independent contractors will be hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 15.

Have you designated your California worker as an independent contractor or employee, and do you know the difference under California law?

These are multimillion-dollar questions as class action “misclassification” lawsuits continue to rise at the federal and state levels. It’s not just unhappy workers igniting the firestorm. Both the U.S. Department of Labor and California’s Labor Commissioner are on the lookout for violations, ramping up their enforcement efforts.

The courts and government agencies use many factors to determine independent contractor status. Employers who mislabel a worker as an independent contractor create liability for failing to fulfill legal obligations owed to an employee, such as wage-and-hour requirements.

“Misclassification mistakes in California can be costly, exposing employers to fines and penalties for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, for missed meal and rest breaks, and for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage,” notes Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel.

CalChamber’s employment law experts will review independent contractor status, legal obligations and more:

  • Stringent tests required by law to determine status;
  • Willful misclassification;
  • Right to control;
  • Penalties for violations;
  • Recent court cases; and
  • Best practices.

CalChamber Presenters

CalChamber hosts for the live webinar include:

  • Erika Frank, vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. She joined CalChamber in April 2004 as a policy advocate and general counsel, leveraging her 10 years of legal, governmental and legislative experience. Named vice president of legal affairs in 2009, she is CalChamber’s subject matter expert on California and federal employment law. Frank oversees and contributes to CalChamber labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D. McGeorge School of Law.
  • Erika Pickles, employment law counsel and HR adviser. Pickles joined CalChamber in 2015. She previously represented employers in California and federal employment law litigation, class actions, and private arbitration involving a range of workplace-related issues, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims. She also investigated and responded to administrative claims before state and federal agencies, and conducted employment law training seminars. J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law.

For more information or to register for this webinar, call (800) 331-8877 or go online. The cost is $199.00 ($159.20 for CalChamber Preferred and Executive members).

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