IRS: Vast Majority of Independent Contractors are Mislabeled

Forbes reports that the IRS is taking a much closer look at workers labeled as “independent contractors,” and that could mean potential trouble for employers. When employers pay independent contractors, there’s no income tax withholding, no employment taxes – it’s the responsibility of the worker to pay taxes. Even assuming that...

Is AB 2346 Legislation a Small Step to Disaster?

I smell smoke, so there may be a fire smoldering in the form of new legislation in California that is meant to protect farm laborers from Heat Illness. According to a news report, "Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-El Segundo) has just introduced a bill (AB 2346) she says will add teeth to...

Executive Officers of a Corporation and Premium Calculation

Many small companies doing business as a corporation are confused about the guidelines established by the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau regarding Executive Officers. “Executive Officers” means those officers of a corporation or limited liability company commonly known as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. I've seen the following situation...

AB2774 – DOSH Writes Its Own New Standard

Cal OSHA is probably rejoicing right now with the announced passage of AB2774. This new bill lowers the burden of proof that was once the biggest hurdle for Cal OSHA to overcome when trying to confirm a "Serious Violation" with the appeals board. In the past, the employer has had a good opportunity...