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Independent Contractor? Employee? Business Owners Need to Know

  • The Community Foundation of Mendocino County 204 South Oak Street Ukiah, CA (map)

$30 General Admission | $25.00 Women in Business Members
$10 Nonprofit Partners | Free to Chamber Members

Attend this very timely and important workshop designed to protect local small business owners to ensure the correct and compliant worker classification. Sponsored by West Company, the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, this workshop will provide the very necessary information on classification of your workers as employees vs independent contractors.

Like most small business owners, you probably aren't too confident that you're correctly classifying workers as independent contractors versus employees, especially But misclassifying your workers can result in serious fines and penalties that will significantly hurt your business - at both the federal and state level, a small business owner can be required to pay years in back taxes, pay back wages, retroactive insurance premiums, many other penalites as well as there being the real risk of potential lawsuits. The bottom line is that to protect yourself as an employer you must take this issue seriously and understand the correct way to classify your workers.

In April of this year, the Supreme Court of California established new rules for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee for purposes of California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders. The Wage Orders set forth California’s requirements for minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and meal and rest periods, among other wage and hour obligation.

Several tests are used by various government agencies for classifying workers, but before we look at the tests, let’s take a closer look at the definition of an independent contractor.

The tests for independent contractors include several factors, and it’s important to note that there is no single deciding factor—all factors must be considered in the full context of a particular case.

So the new rules surrounding worker classification are complicated, making it extremely important to get it right to avoid penalties and lawsuits.

This workshop will educate you on the new A, B, C test and ensure you are correctly classifying your workers and protecting your company and assets.

Lisa McCormack has spent over thirty years as an HR practitioner and leader. Much of her experience has been in high technology, working with small companies undergoing rapid growth and change. Lisa has worked with highly successful companies and numerous venture-backed start-ups, resulting in her pragmatic approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution, which produces practical solutions and effective results. Lisa lives and works on the Mendocino coast and owns Affogato Human Resources, an HR consulting firm based out of San Jose, CA.