General Law

The ABCs of Independent Contractors

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision with profound implications for California’s economy. No longer will the classification of a worker as an employee or independent contractor be subject to the flexible, multi-factor Borello test for purposes of California wage orders. Now, employers will be subject to the strict “ABC” test, which presumes that a worker hired by an entity is an employee and places the burden on the hirer to establish that the worker is an independent contractor.

Gruchawka, Joseph

Joseph Gruchawka
Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka

Mr. Gruchawka grew up in Kenwood, in the heart of Sonoma County. After attending UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies and the University of Colorado for law school, he returned to Sonoma County, where he worked at the law firm of Smith Dollar PC, specializing in wage and hour claims and contract disputes. Mr. Gruchawka then founded his own practice, where he focusses on labor law, real property disputes, contract disputes, and judgment collection.

Pungprakearti, Samantha (2)
Samantha Pungprakearti
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Samantha Pungprakearti (“Poong-pre-ket”) is a litigation attorney focusing on employment law and business disputes. Ms. Pungprakearti is a vigorous advocate in and out of Court with extensive experience in all phases of litigation including depositions and mediations. Ms. Pungprakearti also is a member of the Land Use section of the firm, focusing primarily on CEQA compliance.

Before coming to the firm, she was a partner in what is now Quintana Hanafi, LLP in San Francisco, California. Ms. Pungprakearti has deep experience in representing clients in employment matters, including cases involving discrimination (disability, sexual orientation, sex, HIV status, race, national origin, etc.), retaliation, CFRA/FMLA leave issues as well as a panoply of wage and hour claims. Beyond litigation, Ms. Pungprakearti takes great pride in advising clients on employment matters, to make California a better place to work and do business.

Ms. Pungprakearti has been honored as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine every year from 2013 to 2017. Samantha is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and past member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, San Mateo County Bar Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Joseph Gruchawka, Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka
Samantha Pungprakearti, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street.
Do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee: $60–SCBA Members; $75–Public; $55–SCBA Labor & Employment Section (NOTE: L&E Section Discount only available by Phone, Fax, USPS Mail, or In Person)
Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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