Tonkon Talk Guides Startups Around Employment Law Pitfalls

The October 2 Tonkon Talk provided startups with a roadmap for working with independent contractors. Kristin Bremer Moore, Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, broke down the differences between employees and independent contractors to help startups avoid common (and costly) employment law pitfalls associated with misclassifying workers. She shared details on three tests that federal and Oregon regulators use to assess whether a worker is an employee or a contractor. The tests are: right-to-control, economic realities, and statutory. She also used case studies to illustrate the consequences of misclassification.

Kristin exclusively represents employers from claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and other labor and employment matters. She has extensive experience in counseling and litigating noncompetition agreements and she counsels clients on how to protect their confidential information and trade secrets. Kristin also represents clients in traditional labor matters, including bargaining, labor arbitration, defending ULPs before the NLRB, and advising and partnering with employers in response to union campaigns and elections.

Tonkon Talks is an interactive educational series hosted by the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group. The series, presented along with a happy hour reception on the first Wednesday of most months, provides an overview of legal topics impacting entrepreneurs and startups.

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