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March 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

$10.00 – $25.00


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Employee or Independent Contractor?
The Impact of AB-5 and New Developments in California Employment Law for Architects


California enacted a host of new employment laws in 2019, and none may be more significant than AB-5, which changes how California classifies a worker as an employee or an independent contractor. This seminar will review the employee-independent contractor test under AB-5, key legal definitions, the exceptions to AB-5 that impact architects, and the interplay of AB-5 with California’s wage and hour exemption test. We will also review current employment claim trends in California and personnel management strategies to minimize the risk of employment claims.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the impact of AB-5 on the practice of architecture
  • Understand the wage and hour exemption tests in California
  • Learn the top employment claim trends
  • How to reduce employment claim risks with improved practices


Ryan J. Kohler – Attorney at Law, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP

Ryan Kohler is an attorney that works extensively in the architecture and engineering world on issues of employment, contracts, professional liability, and claim defense. He has worked extensively with design professionals and defended them in trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings. He counsels clients to help minimize the risk of workplace claims through educating managers, informing principals of legal trends and changes to the law, drafting employee handbooks, providing harassment seminars, advising on terminations and discipline, and litigating employment law issues before the courts and administrative agencies.

David Rocklin – Senior Claims Consultant, Woodruff Sawyer

David Rocklin is a Senior Consultant at Woodruff Sawyer. With over 27 years of industry experience and an attorney background, David effectively manages claims for clients in directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, cyber/errors and omissions liability, fiduciary liability, crime, and kidnap and ransom. He analyzes complex claims, develops claim action plans, and negotiates with insurers, advocating for clients in coverage disputes and serving as a conduit between clients, their legal counsel, and insurers.

Additional resources:

Practice Advisory: Employee or Independent Contractor?

AB-5 Worker status: employees and independent contractors



March 27, 2020
8:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
$10.00 – $25.00
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Henderson Engineers
510 W 6th St. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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