Stokes O'Brien

Breach of Contract

What is the Definition of Independent Contractor in California?

California employers and employees often want to know: what is the definition of independent contractor in California?  More specifically, how does an independent contractor differ from an employee in California?  This question and classification can have a lot of ramifications.  As just one example, one of our clients recently received a California Labor Commissioner Notice, after a purported employee filed… READ MORE

California’s “Seven-Year Rule” for Employment Contracts

The hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold is in a contract dispute with its label, Warner Bros.  The band is attempting to cancel its recording contract based on California’s “Seven-Year Rule” for employment contracts.  After receiving the band’s notice of intent to cancel, the label filed a breach of contract lawsuit. According to Billboard, the band originally agreed to provide the label with 5… READ MORE