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Keeping It Legal: Independent Consultants, Contractors, Employees | General Meeting, July 19, 2018
4000 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, California 94403
United States
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
Category: Monthly Event

Keeping It Legal: Independent Consultants, Contractors, Employees

As a consultant, you need to understand the legal implications of contractors vs. employees status — for yourself and for your subcontracting relationships.

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In this session, you'll get your questions answered from PICA's General Counsel Henry Telfeian on:

  • How to maintain your own independent status
  • How to choose whether to hire employees or subcontractors
  • What you need to put in place with your current and future contracts

As a 1099 business, self-employed professionals can maximize tax deductions and retirement savings, as well as easily grow a business, without committing to an ongoing payroll. After this presentation you'll:

  • Have a checklist for what’s required to be classified and paid as an independent contractor
  • Know whether to hire someone as a subcontractor or an employee for your own business
  • Understand what you may need to change in your subcontracting relationships now and how to do that.

Like a Boss

This presentation will give you an opportunity to put Best Practice #5 How to use subcontractors and stay legal in place to BUILD your consulting practice: 

The Women In Consulting Best Practices 
(identified year after year in our annual survey)

  1. Network to build your business and resources
  2. See and be seen
  3. Ask for what you’re worth
  4. Charge value-based project fees vs. hourly rates
  5. Use subcontractors
  6. Mark up subcontractors
  7. Always collect a percentage of the project fee upfront
  8. Renegotiate fees when the scope changes

Our Presenters

Liz Steblay

Liz Steblay, founder and managing officer of ProKo Consulting

Liz is a tireless champion for independent consultants, having years of first-hand experience from a variety of angles. Over the last 20 years Liz has worked in consulting as an independent consultant, an external consultant with a global consulting firm, as a senior member of a boutique firm, and as an internal consultant with two Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding her first company, Liz was an independent consultant for 13 years working on a variety of projects for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in her career she was an employee of Intuit, Levi Strauss, and PwC Consulting, specializing in organizational development and leading large-scale change programs. has a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

In addition to PICA, Liz is the founder and managing officer of ProKo Consulting, a modern talent model that represents top-tier independent consultants with Fortune 1000 clients in a way that is a win/win for everyone. 




Henry Telfeian, General Counsel, PICA

Despite his off-beat sense of humor, Henry is an expert in employment and labor law, having handled contracts, labor disputes, arbitration, and litigation over the last 35 years. Fanatical about paying as little tax as possible, he’s a huge proponent of being self-employed and squirreling money away in retirement accounts to decrease taxable income. In fact, he invented the phrase, "Friends don’t let friends W-2"TM. (Watch our two-minute video for more info.)




Includes meeting, dinner, coffee/tea.

  • Premium members: $40 through Wednesday, July 11, 2018; $50 after that and at the door
  • Basic Members: $50 through Wednesday, July 11, 2018; $55 after that and at the door
  • Non-members: $60 through Wednesday, July 11, 2018; $65 after that and at the door

Do you want to carpool? 

Contact us via email and we'll put you in touch with others in your area who would also like to carpool. (Note: By sending us your email, you agree to allow us to release your email address to others who are interested in carpooling.)