Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2007
Angela De La Housaye, founder of the Walnut Creek commercial litigation firm, De La Housaye & Associates is the scheduled speaker at the Contra Costa County Builder's Exchange Contractor's Expo on March 21st. The focus of De La Housaye's presentation will be employee versus independent contractor issues as well as how to avoid a lawsuit.
The Expo takes place at 2440 Stanwell Drive, Concord. De La Housaye will speak at 9:00 a.m. Contractors, suppliers and service providers to the construction industry will be attending the annual expo.
"Understanding the nuances of the differences between contractors and employees is critical to a business, and is frequently confused by employers," explains De La Housaye. "Business owners have the responsibility of properly distinguishing between the two types of workers or they risk some potentially serious consequences with potential employees and with the California Labor Board."
De La Housaye will discuss some of the strategies for determining an employee from a contractor and what employers need to know once a worker is identified as an employee. Many other laws apply that the employer is assumed to know and adhere to, such as those concerning overtime, breaks, minimum wage, meal periods, and health and safety regulations, as examples.
If an employer is found to be in violation of these or other employment laws, the employer may owe back pay, penalties and interest. "It is important to properly categorize the employee or contractor from the beginning and using proper counsel can avoid serious future problems," says De La Housaye.
De La Housaye will also discuss some of the basics that employers should know to prevent a lawsuit, including the importance of proper drafting of contracts and agreements and having the proper business entity, whether a corporation or other type of organization.
De La Housaye & Associates is a growing practice with offices in Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, and now San Francisco where clients receive small-firm attention with large-firm expertise. The firm has a thriving commercial litigation practice and handles corporate matters, such as business compliance, employee issues, succession plans, and mergers and acquisitions. The attorneys and legal professionals at the firm have extensive legal experience and deliver personalized and dedicated attention to their clients. For more information, visit De La Housaye & Associates at http://www.delahousayelaw.com or call 925-944-3300 or 415-495-9520.
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