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A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees

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A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)

Course Description

Whether you're a business owner concerned with making the right distinctions when engaging people to work with/for you, or a lawyer responsible for advising clients on the contractor v. employee distinction, this presentation could save you a lot of grief and money down the line.

Marin County-based employment lawyer Diana Maier and Carlos E. Torres, a Hearing Officer for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), discuss which factors matter most in deciding how to classify workers in light of recent legal decisions that are shifting those factors. In addition to covering a broad overview of the contractor v. employee debate, they also discuss ethical considerations for lawyers considering the question of contractor classification, and assess whether the sharing economy is due for extinction in light of recent rulings against companies such as Uber.

Course Agenda

Frequent Terms and Their Meanings
  • Principal versus Employer
  • Worker/Contractor/Consultant versus Employee
Central Questions
  • What are some ethical considerations to keep in mind as we review the material?
  • Why are we here?
  • Factors in classification
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each classification
  • How does the government know/find out?
  • What are the penalties if you get it wrong?
  • What do you do to protect yourself?
Sharing Economy
  • What is the sharing economy?
  • Worker classification ? independent contractor
  • Classification lawsuits
    • Lyft, uber, washio, homejoy, shyp, postmates, instacart, handy
Ethical Issues Revisited
  • Ethical considerations
    • Model rules of professional conduct
    • Rule 2.1 ? advisor
  • Given that this is a subjective standard, what ethical considerations exist for attorneys who need to advise others about this? Complicated by the fact that 1099 is less expensive.
  • Do you pick the argument most conducive to the business and just go with that?
  • How do the political/social factors come into play?
  • Are there law and policy objectives lawyers have a duty to protect?
  • If there are, has current law accomplished those, or have we gone too far?
Cases: Practicing the Material
  • Case #1: Client Engaging New Service Providers
  • Case #2: Corporate Employer
  • Case #3: Domestic Employer
Wrap Up
  • Standard is subjective ? makes it a tricky ethical issue for lawyers
  • Government prefers employee status
  • Back up a decision to make someone a contractor by making a file, contract, etc. and know there?s a risk
  • Government most often finds out via an obstructed claim, but there are many ways
  • Recent indications show government is only going to get more strict in enforcement

Course Credit per State


AL - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CO - General: 1.2 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
MS - General: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
WA - General: 1.0 Credits
WI - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits
WV - General: 1.2 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Diana Maier

Diana Maier is an employment and privacy law expert who founded The Law Offices of Diana Maier, PC, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides exceptional customer service in privacy and employment law. Diana and her team advise companies on the legality of their workplace privacy and employment practices, litigate cases when needed, and conduct workplace investigations. Diana is certified in both European Union and US privacy laws and is a fluent Spanish-speaker.

Diana attended Stanford Law School and graduated in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1992.

Diana began her legal career as a Public Defender for Santa Clara County, where she spent each day in the courtroom defending misdemeanor, felony, and three strike cases. She enjoyed great success in winning trials for her clients and felt that she had found her ?calling? in life. But in 2003, Diana decided to transition to a career that was more sustainable for family life, and she began practicing employment law. She joined forces with the plaintiffs? employment law firm Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding, LLP, which later became Bushnell, Caplan, Fielding & Maier, LLP. Diana left the firm in 2008 in order to launch the Law Offices of Diana Maier and focus more on the defense side of employment work, particularly litigation preventative work.

In early 2013, Diana began working as outsourced In-House Counsel for Labor and Employment and Privacy Law for Quantum Corporation in Silicon Valley. To handle this role more skillfully, Diana earned two privacy credentials, CIPP/US and CIPP/E, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Diana?s CIPP/US and CIPP/E certifications represent her dedication to thoroughly understanding global privacy laws for the benefit her clients. By knowing and applying privacy and data protection laws and regulations in the United States and Europe, Diana is able to ensure privacy compliance on a global scale.

Diana is a frequent speaker and writer on an enormous range of topics in employment and privacy law. She presents a quarterly public webinar (which can be found on her website under ?Lunchtime Legal Chats?) and also frequently speaks to the Marin County & San Francisco Bar Associations, as well as numerous non-attorney organizations. She has been published in The Recorder, the ABA Journal, and countless online publications, and she is often cited as an expert in news stories pertinent to employment and privacy law. You can find handouts from her presentations and articles featuring her at www.dianamaierlaw.com/resources. Diana is the former Chair of the Marin County Bar Association Labor and Employment section, and she serves as an advisor in the areas of employment law and privacy to Casetext, a legal start-up organization in Silicon Valley.

Diana's legal hobbies are blogging on employment and privacy law issues and exploring the practice of compassionate law, the idea that lawyers can be problem solvers and healers of conflict rather than just combatants for hire. Diana especially enjoys serving on the Board and heading up the Fundraising Committee of OneJustice, a California based legal non-profit that provides legal services to marginalized populations who otherwise wouldn?t have access to an attorney.

You can read Diana?s blog at www.dianamaierlaw.com/employment-and-privacy-law-blog-by-diana-maier/ and also read about her talented staff at www.dianamaierlaw.com/about/staff-bios/. Her email is diana@dianamaierlaw.com, and her phone number is 415-515-1707. In addition, you can find her on LinkedIn and on Twitter under @DianaMaierLaw, to name just a few social media sites where Diana likes to ?hang out? and talk law.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)
 
 

Drafting Software Development Agreements

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Drafting Software Development Agreements Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

This session provides an overview of the practice of drafting and negotiating software development agreements. Topics to be covered include: pros and cons of waterfall vs. agile approaches to software development; myths of SDAs; SDA clauses of interest; term definitions; warranties; intellectual property concerns; breach of contracts and possible remedies; negotiation styles; negotiation tips for SDA?s; and a list of resources for future reference, including SDA examples and checklists.

Course Agenda

  • Software Development
  • Waterfall vs. Agile Software Development
  • Agreement Components
  • The Software Development Agreement (SDA)
  • Myths of SDA?s
  • Contract Requirements
  • SDA Clauses of Interest
  • Points of Interest
    • Definitions
    • Pricing/Payment
    • Exclusivity Clauses
    • Disclosure/Confidentiality Requirements
    • Security Clauses
    • Indemnity Clauses
    • Assignments
    • Termination
    • State Law Jurisdiction
    • Warranties
    • Insurance
    • IP Issues
    • Make it present tense ?hereby assigns? not future tense
    • ?Work for hire? language is ineffective without a specific transfer of the copyrights
    • Sublicensing, Transferability
    • What about a merger? Can that breach non-assignment provisions?
    • In US: each joint copyright owner may commercialize a copyrighted work WITHOUT their joint owner?s consent, but must account for licensing royalties and may not destroy the value of the work.
    • Address this in your SDA.
    • IP Issues
    • Software Escrow
    • Breach of Contracts
    • Remedies
    • Negotiating Tips

    Course Credit per State


    AL - On-Demand: 1.3 Credits
    AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
    CA - General: 1.0 Credits
    CO - General: 1.2 Credits
    CT - General: 1.5 Credits
    FL - General: 1.5 Credits
    GA - Self Study: 1.3 Credits
    IL - General: 1.25 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
    MS - General: 1.3 Credits
    NH - General: 1.31 Credits
    NJ - General: 1.2 Credits
    NY - General: 1.5 Credits
    SC - General: 1.31 Credits
    TN - General: 1.32 Credits
    TX - General: 1.25 Credits
    UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WA - General: 1.25 Credits
    WI - On-Demand: 1.5 Credits
    WV - General: 1.58 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Deborah Gonzalez

    Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is the founder of Law2sm, LLC, a new legal consulting firm focusing on helping its clients navigate the legal issues relating to the new digital and social media world.

    Deborah graduated from New York Law School. Following graduation, she built a successful boutique practice in New York City, focusing on the arts, music and entertainment scene. In 2007, Deborah relocated to Georgia where she was employed by the University System of Georgia. In 2008 she was granted reciprocity to practice law in Georgia.

    Deborah's practice has taken her from an inner-city arts community center in NYC to a sidewalk café in Eastern Europe; from preparing programs for diplomats in the EU to assisting medical missions with refugee communities in Thailand; from protecting against music piracy in the US to protecting against bio-piracy in South America. And now it is transporting her beyond the Internet to the social space where the physical and digital dimensions of her clients co-exist and where she can leverage her legal expertise to their benefit.

    Deborah enjoys engaging with those around her - so social media is a natural fit. But it is her skill in being able to connect the dots to understand the next big paradigm shift in global communication and legal application that makes her a leader in social media law. Deborah serves as Chair of the GA Bar Association's Annual Program on Social Media and the Law and serves as a social media legal liaison for social media marketing companies and their clients (such as Chick-fil-A and Nestle). In addition, Deborah speaks on the legal issues relating to intellectual property; art, music, and digital entertainment law; and social media legal trends and practices in various venues throughout the United States and abroad.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

The Role of Compliance

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The Role of Compliance Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $39.99)

Course Description

In this program seasoned attorney and Chief Compliance Officer Charles A Christofilis provides attorneys with an overview of the laws and rules which govern the area of compliance, the many legal areas in which the compliance officer must operate, the "four pillars" of compliance, and numerous case examples in which inadequate compliance has resulted in major adverse consequences for companies.

He addresses how to develop. Implement and test a Compliance Program in virtually and industry, and does a deep dive into the financial services and public company space. Specifically, the roles of the SEC and other agencies, the Investment Advisers Act, the Anti-Money Laundering provisions under the Patriot Act (with numerous examples), the FCPA and the necessity of internal audits and mock examinations.

Finally, he concludes with how to manage regulatory examinations and investigations as opposed to more traditional civil or criminal litigation, and respond to compliance failures from a crises management perspective when they occur.

Course Agenda

  • Why Compliance is increasingly important
  • How to develop, implement and test a Compliance Program;
  • Financial, Healthcare, IT and Public company (SOX) Implications)
  • Four Pillars of Compliance:
    • Controls;
    • Testing;
    • Ownership; and
    • Training.
  • Annual Review Process;
  • Liability / Conflicts;
  • Civil, Criminal and Reputational Implication / Crises Management.

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 2.0 Credits
AL - On-Demand: 2.0 Credits
AZ - General: 2.0 Credits
CA - General: 2.0 Credits
CO - General: 2.34 Credits
CT - General: 2.0 Credits
FL - General: 2.5 Credits
GA - Self Study: 2.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.75 Credits
MO - Self Study: 2.34 Credits
MS - General: 2.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.75 Credits
NH - General: 2.0 Credits
NJ - General: 2.3 Credits
NY - General: 2.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.95 Credits
UT - Self Study: 2.0 Credits
WA - General: 2.0 Credits
WI - On-Demand: 2.0 Credits
WV - General: 2.34 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Charles A. Christofilis, Esq.

Charles A. Christofilis, Esq. has served as Chief Compliance Officer (?CCO?), Senior Counsel and/or General Counsel for Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers for over a decade. Mr. Christofilis received a J.D. from Touro Law, an MBA in finance from the University of San Francisco a Bachelor?s degree in management from Pace University in New York and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Mr. Christofilis is an attorney admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey and California (CA In-House Counsel) and has Series 7, 63, 24, 79 and 27 designations from FINRA.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $39.99)
 


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