Gov. Brown Signs Bill Increasing Penalties for Improper Designation of California Workers as Independent Contractors

On October 9, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 459 which adds section 226.8 to the Labor Code and provides courts, the Labor Commission and Workforce Development Agency (“state”) the authority to issue severe penalties to employers that engage in “willful misclassification” of an individual as an independent contractor. These Read more…