New Guidance for Independent Contractor Compliance

Recorded On: 10/08/2015

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released new guidelines that narrow the definition of "independent contractor" in order to identify misclassified workers. The IRS estimates that 80 percent of workers classified as "independent contractors" are actually employees. Penalties for these errors can be significant. Learn how clubs can avoid these penalties and comply with the new guidelines and worker classifications, including caddies, golf and tennis pros and others, as well as other trends with independent contractor "misclassification" issues.

Thomas Lenz

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Thomas A. Lenz is a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, in the firm’s labor and employment law department handling all aspects of labor and employment law issues from the firm’s Cerritos and Pasadena offices. He serves on NCA’s board and ClubPAC Committee and chairs the Government Relations Committee. Lenz also is chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section for the State Bar of California. He can be reached at tlenz@aalrr.comor 562-653-3200.

Cindy Strom Arellano

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Cindy S. Arellano is a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in the firm’s Business & Tax Practice Group in Cerritos, Calif., focusing on employee benefits and executive compensation, tax audits, ERISA, nonprofit organizations, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactional matters. She has written for NCA publications and spoken in NCA programs. She can be reached at or 562-653-3200.


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