A new law, effective immediately, now exists to protect employees who are misclassified as independent contractors. SB 459 imposes serious penalties on employers who misclassify workers to avoid paying employment taxes, workers’ compensation, and the like, when they are actually regular employees. Effective immediately, an employer who ‘willfully’ misclassifies its workers is: 1) subject to fines ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for each violation; 2) barred from charging workers a fee or making any deductions from a worker’s compensation where such a fee or deduction would have been illegal if the person was classified as an employee; and 3) in certain circumstances, required to post, on its website or in another manner accessible to its employees and the general public, a notice that it has been found guilty of misclassifying workers. Creating these protections will provide strong protections for marginalized employees, especially non-English speaking employees, who are most often subject to these practices. The full text of the bill is available here.