Independent Contractors

Guest blog post by Mikella Wickham:

They say location is everything in business.  How about classification of workers?

In certain industries, workers have a unique combination of specified skills and

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relative freedom to do their job.  As a result, small businesses are stuck between

Potluck

Attention hospitality professionals.  Come join me and Sahara Pynes at the Potluck Conference on February 20-21st at the Hudson Loft in downtown Los Angeles.

This new conference is for professionals in the evolving hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, venues for private dinners, off-site catering, pop-ups and underground supper clubs.  It is open to innovators from

Labor laws are not keeping pace with the new economy.  Right now there are only two options for employers.

Option one is to hire employees, and comply with the myriad complicated wage-and-hour laws, including very strict rules about monitoring an employee’s work hours.  In California, an employer must ensure a non-exempt employee works no more

Companies have a lot to lose if they misclassify employees as independent contractors. The affected workers can sue (individually or as a class) for any number of wage and hour violations. Employers can also get in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, the Employment Development Department, the US Department of Labor, the Division

From the employer’s perspective, the only way to truly “win” an employment case is to avoid it in the first place. We litigators love the thrill of gettting a judge, arbitrator, or jury to decide in our client’s favor. But it can be awfully expensive to get to that point. So without further ado,

Many employers in California feel like the deck is stacked against them. But as I’ve written before, some have a stronger basis for that conclusion than others. Consider the plight of poor Happy Nails, a chain of nail salons. In 2001, they hired a consultant to help them structure their business so that the