Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

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Employment Law [clear filter]
Friday, September 11

10:00am EDT

PA’s New Occupational Licensing Reforms: How They Will Affect Your Clients’ Chances at Employment
Presenters will discuss recent reforms to consideration of criminal records in licensing for many Pennsylvania occupations and how they affect the likelihood of obtaining a license.

Attendees will learn which professions are affected, what legal standards will apply to consideration of criminal records, and what guidance will be available to help clients make career and educational plans.

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Sharon Dietrich

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Litigation Director
Sharon Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, since 1987. She became CLS’ managing attorney for public benefits and employment in 1997 and its litigation director in 2014. A focus of Ms. Dietrich’s work has been issues... Read More →

Brendan Lynch

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Brendan Lynch started at Community Legal Services in 1998 as an Independence Foundation fellow in the Public Benefits unit. From 2000 – 2001, he clerked for the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following his... Read More →

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

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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