AB5 and the Implications for Businesses
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When: 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: Jessica Bratton
443.966.3854 x 1107

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ALC Webinar Series Presents: AB5 and the Implications for Businesses

The webinar will provide an overview of California’s AB 5 and its implications for companies doing business with independent-contractor translators and language professionals in the State of California. This will include a detailed discussion of the “ABC” test that now applies for establishing an independent-contractor relationship for purposes of California employment laws, together with specific strategies for bolstering a company’s ability to satisfy this test with respect to independent-contractor translators and language professionals. The strategies discussed during this webinar will have implications outside of California as well, because more than 20 other states also apply some form of an “ABC” or “AB” test for determining independent-contractor status for certain purposes.

Participants in this webinar should come away with a clear understanding of the requirements of California’s “ABC” test and new ideas on specific strategies for companies seeking to satisfy this test with respect to freelance translators and language professionals.


Presented By:

Russel Hollrah, Executive Director of the Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs 

Russell A. Hollrah is Executive Director of the Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs, www.iecoalition.org, and is the principal of Hollrah LLC, www.hollrahllc.com, a law firm based in Washington D.C. Mr. Hollrah is an “AV” rated attorney with a national practice dedicated principally to advising and representing companies that do business with independent contractors.  He advises companies on structuring relationships with independent contractors and defends companies against challenges to their treatment of individuals as independent contractors before administrative agencies, e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and state unemployment agencies throughout the country.  He also represents potential buyers or sellers as a special consultant in transactions involving independent-contractor based companies. Hollrah LLC, in addition to its traditional legal work, represents industry trade associations on legislative matters relating to independent-contractor status.

Mr. Hollrah served as Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (2002-2004) and as Vice-Chair, Professional Services Committee (2006-2007). He has written several books and published numerous articles on issues pertaining to independent contractor status and the contingent workforce, generally, and has been retained as special counsel for the development of computer-based independent-contractor evaluation programs.

He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, beta alpha psi, a J.D. from the University of Tulsa, where he served as a member of its Law Journal, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  Mr. Hollrah is a former equity shareholder in the Washington D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. 


Patrick Hollrah, General Counsel to the Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs 

Patrick Hollrah is general counsel to the Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs, which educates the public and elected representatives about the importance of preserving independent-contractor status through scholarship and advocacy efforts. He is also an attorney with the law firm Hollrah LLC, which devotes its practice almost exclusively to advising and representing companies that do business with independent contractors and other contingent workers.

Mr. Hollrah received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, Cum Laude, where he was the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Business & Technology Law and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland, Magna Cum Laude.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hollrah was a fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before law school he worked in the tax department at Ernst & Young and in the Inspector General’s Office for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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