Are independent contractors the new sweatshop workers? California’s new legislation implies just that, and while it’s aimed at reclassifying Uber and Lyft drivers, it will also have an impact on the fashion industry — not just on the West Coast but across the country. In this edition of our annual ethics CLE program, we will explain how employee and independent contractor standards are evolving, as well as what this means for fashion and the ethical practice of law. Key issues include the following:
How is the law of independent contractor and employee status changing? What will these changes mean for the fashion industry?
- To what extent can New York attorneys advise clients facing employment classification issues in other states?
- Should legal ethics rules on state bar membership change to reflect today’s interstate economy?
- And as legislators and regulators across the country follow California in condemning independent contractor status as a form of exploitation, how should attorneys design contracts to address this ethical concern?
DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2019
TIME: 6:30 - 7:45pm (reception 6:00pm)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours (1.0 hours ethics; 0.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional)
- Elisheva Hirshman, PVH Corp.
- Joey Hunter, Fashion and Talent Industry Consultant
- Karyn D. Jefferson, Benjamin Moore & Co.
- Rebecca Nathanson, NYS Department of Labor