Revising CA Contractor Agreements to Prevent the
Labor Board From Reclassifying Contractors as Emploees
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by
Dennis W. Chiu, Esq.
Founder
PRODIGY
LAW


      In California, the California State Labor Board has transmuted contractors into employees, if the contractors are required to assign all work product as a "work made for hire", and found it to be a violation of California Labor Code Section 3351.5(c) and California Unemployment Insurance Code Sections 621(d) & 686.

     Contractors or any non-employee working for your business, who is subject to a "work made for hire" clause, may be reclassified as an "employee" for unemployment and disability insurance purposes.

     California businesses would then be liable for failure to submit payroll deductions for the contractor's unemployment and disability insurance, possibly including late fees.
 
     Prodigy Law suggest that businesses require all employees to sign a new Non-Disclosure Agreement that provides legal language to the same or greater extent as the following:

"contractor warrants and provides for all copyrightable works created during the scope of this Agreement, an exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, non-expiring and fully paid license to [your business] with all right, title and interest worldwide, with rights to sublicense through multiple tiers of sublicensees, to distribute, reproduce, make derivative works of, publicly perform, and publicly display in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed, make, have made, use, sell, import and offer for sale".


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