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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Steven G. Pearl to speak at LACBA Labor and Employment Law Symposium 3/31/09

I am speaking at the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Twenty Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium on March 31, 2009, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. I am speaking on the increasingly common practice of employers classifying their employees as independent contractors.

Why would an employer classify its employees as independent contractors? I don't know, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that employers don't have to pay independent contractors overtime compensation, don't have to provide them with meal periods, rest periods, or proper wage statements, don't have to pay them promptly on termination or quitting, and don't have to follow the other laws that protect employees, but don't protect independent contractors.

Oh yeah, and they don't have to pay their fair share of employment taxes to the government, either. Sounds like a great deal for the employer, and a bad deal for everyone else.

Go here for more information on the Symposium.

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