At Global Cares Mission Academy and orphanage, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, August 10, 2019 African Literacy Project Applied Scholastics International Our firm is dedicated to community service because “human survival depends on a social framework that promotes and supports the basic rights and nature of mankind to create and change conditions for the better.” Bowles…

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Expanded State Approval Powers Over “Baby” Entertainers California has long regulated the “employment” of infants in the movies. Labor Code 1308.8  bans babies under 15-days old while requiring physician certification for our “older” new arrivals (aged 15-days to “under one month”) to work on any “motion picture set or location.” Beginning January, 2020, Assembly Bill…

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CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS: Annual Employment Law Seminar Covers the New and Enduring Workplace Essentials California governor Gavin Newsom signed 870 bills into law this year, many of which will affect this state’s employers. Over a day-long session in January and again in February, employment law specialist Tim Bowles will cover the structure and span of current…

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The Referral Agency Exception To California’s Strict Independent Contractor Definition When new Labor Code section 2750.3(g) goes into effect on January 1, 2020 as part of Assembly Bill (AB) 5, certain types of referral agencies may be able to avoid classifying  associated service providers as employees under the uber-strict Dynamex ABC standards.  See, California’s Independent…

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Meet the Firm: The Law Offices of Timothy Bowles

Founded in ­­­­1998, we are a boutique firm representing employers exclusively, located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, California. We work from two stark facts in the business world.  First, executives and administrators can become their own worst enemies out of misconception or ignorance of constantly evolving workplace laws. Second, and particularly in lawsuit-happy…

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Meet the Firm: Helena K. Kobrin

Helena is “Of Counsel” to the Law Offices of Timothy Bowles. She contributes to the firm’s continuing specialty of employment law while adding her extensive experience in copyright/ trademark and contract work. Helena also regularly assists clients in the evolving area of home care law, aiding in creation and compliance, and as applicable, registration, of home…

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Building Subcontractors’ Exemption From the Strict New Limits on Who is “Independent” When new Labor Code section 2750.3(f) goes into effect on January 1, 2020 as part of Assembly Bill (AB) 5, it will be possible for builders to exempt their sub relationships from the new highly restrictive Dynamex ABC standard for independent contractor classification. …

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Meet the Firm: Cindy Bamforth

A partner at Bowles Law, Cindy has a strong skill set and extensive experience in California employment law issues. This includes harassment prevention training, employee handbook compliance, wages (including overtime), meal and rest breaks, leaves of absence, independent contractor classification, disciplinary measures, and terminations. Prior to joining Bowles Law, Ms. Bamforth served as in-house counsel…

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California’s “Business-to-Business” Exception To Strict Independent Contractor Definition Effective January 1, 2020, a portion of Assembly Bill (AB) 5 — new Labor Code section 2750.3(e) — exempts bona fide business-to-business contracting relationships from the ultra-strict Dynamex “ABC” test for independent contractor classification.  The previously prevailing “Borello” multi-factor balancing test for the contractor vs. employee classification…

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California’s “Professional Services” Exemption To Strict Independent Contractor Definition Licensed Beauticians Among the Eligible  The product of Sacramento politics, specific “professional services” occupations will be  exempted from the rigid “Dynamex ABC” standard for classifying  independent contractors, California Labor Code 2750.3, effective January 1, 2020 (part of Assembly Bill (AB) 5). See, Dodging the Bullet (October…

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