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ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP

Join us on Saturday August 18th for our next First Time Entrepreneur workshop!

The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. (The workshop is not applicable to service providers).

TICKETS: https://www.lava.org/events/first-time-entrepreneur-workshop-1

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how VCs screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

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CLIENT BULLETIN: California Supreme Court Changes Standard for Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors

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CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT CHANGES STANDARD FOR CLASSIFYING WORKERS AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court changed the standard used to determine whether a person is an independent contractor or employee of a company.

The Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court case centered around whether delivery service drivers for Dynamex were independent contractors or employees. For the past 30 years, companies relied on a multi-factor test in California that focused on whether the company had control over the how the work was being completed to classify a worker. Dynamex, also relying on this standard, argued that their drivers were independent contractors because the drivers set their own driving schedules, used their own vehicles, had the ability to decline delivery assignments and could work for multiple companies.

The Supreme Court, however, adopted a new standard in the Dynamex case and ruled that the drivers were in fact employees and allowed the drivers to be certified for a class action lawsuit.

The new “ABC test” will likely make it difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors in California because it presumes all workers are employees unless the company can demonstrate that the worker:

A). is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of such work and in fact; and

B). performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and

C). is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity.

Part A of the test includes similar language from the previous test with respect to control; however Parts B and C impose new restrictions on companies being able to classify a worker as an independent contractor. For Part B, the Supreme Court provided an example that a plumber or electrician who is hired by a retailer to perform maintenance work at a retail store is truly an independent contractor because the work being provided is outside the usual course of the retailer’s business. Part C is designed to identify those workers who have decided to go into business for themselves, regardless of whether the worker has actually formed a separate entity.

With this new standard in place, companies should reevaluate existing agreements with independent contractors to ensure whether these workers are indeed independent contractors under the new ABC test or should now be classified as employees and afforded the benefits of an employee.

Last Call! Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs on Thursday Oct. 19th

Last call to RSVP for our event tomorrow, Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs.

The event is FREE, but please register here:  https://connectpasadena.com/events/top-10-legal-mistakes-made-by-first-time-entrepreneurs.

 

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VENUE CHANGE: Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs 

Our Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs event next week will now be held at WeWork Pasadena (177 E Colorado Blvd, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91101).

Date: Thursday October 19, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: WeWork Pasadena

The event is FREE to all attendees, but RSVPs are requested:  https://connectpasadena.com/events/top-10-legal-mistakes-made-by-first-time-entrepreneurs.

Thank you to ShuiMu America-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

On October 1st I attended the ShuiMu America-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum in San Gabriel, California. Thank you for having me as a judge for the pitch competition.

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Join us on October 19th for our Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs event at Innovate Pasadena’s Connect 17.

Date: Thursday October 19, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: CTRL Collective

The event is FREE to all attendees, but RSVPs are requested:  https://connectpasadena.com/events/top-10-legal-mistakes-made-by-first-time-entrepreneurs.

#Connect17: Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs

We would like to invite you to attend our next event for entrepreneurs: Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs.

This will be held on Thursday October 19, 2017 at CTRL Collective in Pasadena during Innovate Pasadena’s Connect 17 week.

The event is FREE to all attendees, but RSVPs are requested.

Click here for more information and to register: https://connectpasadena.com/events/top-10-legal-mistakes-made-by-first-time-entrepreneurs.

 

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