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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Meet the Firm: Timothy Bowles

Attorney Tim Bowles, July 2019 Tim Bowles, our lead attorney, has an extensive and successful 40-plus year history as a litigator. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley (1971) and University of California Davis School of Law (1977), Tim mentored under some of the leading constitutional and trial lawyers of the day, representing churches…

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The Law Offices of Timothy Bowles is Pasadena Weekly’s Best Law Firm for 2019!

The Law Offices of Timothy Bowles has been voted Pasadena Weekly’s Best Law Firm of 2019! We would like to thank our community for voting and allowing us to serve you since 1998. Click here to see where you can pick up your copy the newspaper out now!

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The Industries and Professions Not Subject to California’s New Independent Contractor Restrictions Effective January 1, 2020, Assembly Bill (AB) 5 will dramatically extend the ultra-strict Dynamex “ABC” test for independent contractor classification. See, California’s Independent Contractors, Endangered Species? (October, 2019). However, a portion of AB-5, to become Labor Code section 2750.3(b), exempts several specific industries/licensed…

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An Endangered Species by Newly Enacted “AB 5”    Until April 2018, the 11-factor balancing test in S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations (California Supreme Court) had long applied to classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. That court then dramatically changed the rules in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior…

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Annual Seminar for Employers Covering Employment Legal Essentials and New Workplace Laws for 2020 The approaching new year is bringing yet more significant changes in California workplace laws. Over a day-long session in mid-January and again in February, labor and employment law specialist Tim Bowles will cover the structure and span of current workplace law…

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