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Independent Contractor vs. Employee

January 30, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

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Attend this very timely and important workshop designed to protect local small business owners to ensure they use correct and compliant worker classification. This workshop will provide necessary information on how to classify your workers: employees or independent contractors.

Like most small business owners, you probably aren’t too confident that you’re correctly classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees. But misclassifying your workers can result in serious fines and penalties that will significantly hurt your business. At both the federal and state level, a small business owner can be required to pay back taxes, back wages, retroactive insurance premiums, and many other penalties as well as facing the risk of potential lawsuits. The bottom line is that to protect yourself as an employer you must take this issue seriously and understand the correct way to classify your workers.

You’ll learn:

  • Tests for independent contractors
  • New rules surrounding worker classification
  • How to correctly classify your workers and protecting your company and assets


$20 West Center clients; $25 Coast Women in Business or Mendocino Chamber of Commerce members; $30 general admission


Lisa McCormack has spent over thirty years as an HR practitioner and leader. Much of her experience has been in high technology, working with small companies undergoing rapid growth and change. Lisa has worked with highly successful companies and numerous venture-backed start-ups, resulting in her pragmatic approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution, which produces practical solutions and effective results. Lisa lives and works on the Mendocino coast and owns Affogato HR Consulting, a human resources consulting firm basedin San Jose, California.


The West Business Development Center (West Center) prepares entrepreneurs to adapt to rapid technology shifts, a mobile workforce, and the growth of customization. West Center supports Mendocino County small business owners and the communities they serve so they may thrive in the decades ahead. Established in 1988, West Center is a nonprofit 501(c) (3), with two locations: in Fort Bragg, California, and Ukiah, California.

To become a West Center client, go to Get Started, and an advisor will contact you to schedule a meeting.


January 30, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST
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West Business Development Center – Fort Bragg, CA
345 North Franklin Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437 United States
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