January 2020 newsletter
President's Message
Hello all and Happy New Decade!

As we exit out of the holidays and into this new year, I hope you all were able to rest and recharge, connect with your loved ones, and celebrate with your #NAWBOcommunity.

2020 is the beginning of a transformative decade for NAWBO, our chapters, our cities, regions, and the state. Together, we’ll build on our extraordinary achievements and set our sights on new goals for tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year and beyond!

Hilary Lentini

- President, NAWBO-CA
- Past President, NAWBO-LA
- Founder & Creative Director, Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc.; DBE, WBE, SBE, SB, SLB, EBE, VSBE
- Governor-Appointed Board Member, California Workforce Development Board
Update on the New Independent Contractor Law
By Vikita Poindexter, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP; NAWBO-CA President-Elect
On January 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) went into effect and may impact whether your workers are considered employees or independent contractors under California law.
If you are an employer, you may have received a letter from the Employment Development Department advising you of the new changes. As you know, AB 5 is a bill the Governor signed into law in September 2019 addressing employment status when a hiring entity claims that the person it hired is an independent contractor. AB 5 requires the application of the “ABC test” to determine if workers in California are employees or independent contractors for purposes of the Labor Code, the Unemployment Insurance Code, and the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders.
The is no grace period. Employers must pay any payroll taxes that are due based on the employees they have as of January 1, 2020.

In addition to penalties that may be assessed for wage violations associated with a worker being misclassified as an independent contractor, there are civil penalties for willful misclassification. Under Labor Code section 226.8, which prohibits the willful misclassification of individuals as independent contractors, there are civil penalties of between $5,000 and $25,000 per violation. Willful misclassification is defined as voluntarily and knowingly misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor.
This is a VERY convoluted bill. Do not try to tackle this on your own. The requirements for the ABC Test vs the Borrello is not clearly defined by industries.
Chapter leaders :
Please be advised that if you have an administrator for your chapters, make sure they meet the requirements for AB 5. If you have not hired a firm who business is providing administrator support for multiple clients, you could be out of compliance and courting liability.  
Minimum Requirements for AB 5 :
  • Make sure you are paying via a tax id number, not a social security number
  • The work they are performing is be facilitated by them to multiple clients
  • You are not dictating their time
  • You have an independent contractor agreement that they provided 
  • They maintain their insurances, workers compensation, and other liability insurance
If they are not meeting these basic requirements, they are not independent contractors. You can assist them to become business owners.  
For more information or assistance contact:
Vikita Poindexter, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP
NAWBO-CA President-Elect
Poindexter Consulting Group, LLC.
NAWBO IE President
NAWBO CA President Elect
951.926.9069 OFFICE  
866.608.5556 TOLL FREE
2020 NAWBO Leadership Academy on February 6
Registration for the NAWBO Leadership Academy is closing soon! The event will be held in Albuquerque, NM on February 6 and room blocks close on Monday, January 13 . NAWBO New Mexico is hosting an Opening Reception on February 5; registration for the reception closes on January 29.
Save the Date: Multi-Chapter Retreat on March 27
Four California chapters - Ventura, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, and Bakersfield - are planning a “Tri-Anything Retreat” for Friday, March 27 and all NAWBO members are welcome!

The half-day retreat will be an opportunity to meet, network and learn with NAWBO sisters and features informative panels, networking, wine, and relaxation. Stay tuned for more details.
Chapter Events
San Diego : 4th Annual Business Strategy Accelerator on January 30

Silicon Valley : Evening with the San Jose Sharks, featuring Olympic gold medalist and Dancing with Starts celebrity Kristi Yamaguchi, o n February 10

Does your chapter have an event you'd like to include? Contact Heather .
Propel News

Last year’s Propel was a great success, attracting new sponsors and increasing revenues! An even more enticing Propel 2020, coming on May 4 & 5 in Sacramento, is underway. The theme is:

Women in power…
open doors
create opportunity
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Please all plan on attending Propel 2020! More information is at   https://www.nawbopropel.org/

Registration is not yet open - stay tuned!
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