Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

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Wednesday, October 21

10:00am EDT

Bankruptcy Boot-Camp 2: Practical Tips
This session is a Part 2 to the original Bankruptcy Bootcamp session.  It will cover Practical tips on how to get the case into court, how to gather information, what the 341 meeting is like, etc.

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Catherine Martin

Director of Advocacy, Neighborhood Legal Services
Catherine T. Martin has been a Managing Attorney in the central Pittsburgh office of Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) since 1995. At all times she has maintained an active legal practice in Consumer law, focusing on foreclosure issues and bankruptcy law. In 2018, Catherine was appointed... Read More →
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Eileen Yacknin

Director of Litigation, Neighborhood Legal Services
Eileen Yacknin works at Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), her first and only job, arriving straight from Boston College Law School in 1977, before most of you were born. For several years and currently, she serves as NLS’s Litigation Director. For nearly 25 years, she served as... Read More →

Adam DiBuo

Neighborhood Legal Services

Wednesday October 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT

2:00pm EDT

What to Do When your Client is Misclassified as an Independent Contractor: How to Challenge 1099 Status
Worker misclassification is when an employer gives their worker, who works under their direction and control, a Form 1099 (intended for the self-employed) with no tax withholding instead of a Form W-2 with taxes withheld. When workers are misclassified as independent contractors, they owe double the amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes that employees owe and they lose out on key protections employees enjoy.

The issue of worker misclassification is increasingly prevalent in today's 21st Century service-driven gig economy where such workers often help meet our essential needs. This panel will explore how practitioners can assist their clients when their employers misclassify them as independent contractors.

The workshop will include tax, unemployment compensation, and employment law practitioners who have assisted workers in disputing their 1099 status before the IRS, the Department of Labor & Industry, and in federal and state courts.


Nadia Hewka

Senior Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Nadia Hewka started at CLS in 1997 as a Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Project, where she currently works as a Senior Attorney and heads its Vulnerable Workers project. She has developed specializations in representation of immigrant workers and particularly undocumented workers... Read More →

Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment compensation (UC) cases. Julia has represented over 400 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing... Read More →

Omeed Firouzi

Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Omeed Firouzi is a Staff Attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. From 2018 to 2020, Omeed's practice at PLA focused on worker misclassification, pursuant to the ABA Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. As a PLA... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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