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Who is "an employee"? Who is "an employer"?

SCBA’s L & E and Barrister’s section, in conjunction with PASCO kicks off this series exploring “who is in”, “who is out” and “who” is both “in and out”, within the now-broad definition of “employee” under Dynamex/AB 5. Learn the emerging law on the risks of misclassifying workers and statutory carve outs. In the second hour, Rick Rybicki and Valorie Bader will examine the “employer” in the context of real life examples of the attorney-client relationship, and obligations and liabilities for businesses and the individuals who work for them. 1 hour ethics credit. 


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Valorie Bader
Welty, Weaver & Currie

Ms. Bader has practiced in the areas of employment and business counseling, training, and employment litigation since 1986. Prior to becoming an attorney she worked for Sonoma County Risk Management coordinating workers’ compensation and disability claims. Ms. Bader continues to represent businesses and individuals before administrative agencies such as the Labor Commissioner, the Employment Development Department, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Cal-OSHA, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, CA Department of Licensing, CA Department of Insurance. Her current practice includes sexual harassment training and other trainings, investigations, mediation and arbitration, as well as other alternatives for conflict resolution. Ms. Bader has performed numerous workshops and in diverse topics related to employment issues and has taught specific employment law classes for the Santa Rosa Junior College as well as written extensively in the subjects of employment law, and appeared in the Sonoma Business Journal and the Press Democrat. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Bader chairs the Employment Law section of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

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Richard C. Rybicki
Rybicki & Associates | P.C.

Richard Rybicki advises clients on a broad range of labor and employment law issues. He has represented employers, employer associations, and employee benefit plans in courts and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. Mr. Rybicki also practices under state and federal labor relations laws, representing management in collective bargaining, arbitration, and matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the California Agricultural Relations Board, and the California Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Rybicki speaks and writes frequently on employment issues. He is a longtime editor for The Developing Labor Law, a leading national labor-management publication, and has chaired both the Napa and Sonoma Bar Association Labor & Employment Law sections. He also acts as a mediator for several local courts’ alternative dispute resolution panels. Mr. Rybicki studied legal philosophy at U.C.L.A. and Cambridge, receiving his law degree from Cornell University. He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal District Courts, Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

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