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Small Business University Program Partners with UC Berkeley Law School for Legal Workshop



OCED’s Small Business University program – an initiative of the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center – hosted a free Legal Workshop for small businesses in Fresno, CA, on July 20. The workshop, which was held in conjunction with UC Berkeley Law School’s New Business Practicum Program, offered expertise to local business owners on the recent change in classification of workers by the Supreme Court of California.

Berkeley Law Deputy Attorney, Kevin Xu, presented on the new employee classification and offered interactive case studies related to the new law. The case studies illustrated how to determine whether an individual is considered an employee or an independent contractor based on the new classification regulations, and Xu educated the group on ways to avoid missteps that could result in employment law violations, including a method of determining classification status known as the “ABC Test,” which assists in determining classification.

OCED’s Small Business University program assists new businesses by offering assistance related to business planning, financial management and marketing needs. The program also offers free educational workshops that are open to the public.  For more information on upcoming Small Business Resource Workshops, contact Eduardo Gonzalez, SJVRDC Director, at 559-278-0542, or follow SJVRDC on Facebook.