Vista USD | BP 3600 Business and Noninstructional Operations
The Board of Trustees authorizes the use of consultants and other independent contractors to provide expert professional advice or specialized technical or training services which are not needed on a continuing basis and which cannot be provided by District staff because of limitations of time, experience, or knowledge. Individuals, firms, or organizations employed as independent contractors may assist management with decisions and/or project development related to financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, administrative, instructional, or other matters.
As part of the contract process, the Superintendent or designee shall determine that the individual, firm, or organization is properly classified as an independent contractor. A person, firm, or organization shall be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor unless the district is able to demonstrate that all of the following conditions have been met: (Labor Code 2750.3)
1. The person or entity is free from the control and direction of the district in connection with the performance of work
2. The person or entity is performing work that is outside the usual course of the district providing educational services.
3. The person or entity is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work to be performed.
Specific statutory exceptions to this analysis for the determination of whether a person, firm, or organization is an independent contractor may apply. (Labor Code 2750.3)
All consultant contracts shall be brought to the Board for approval.
All qualified independent contractors shall be accorded equal opportunity for contracts regardless of actual or perceived race, , color, national origin, ancestry, age, religious creed, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual perceived characteristics. (Education Code 220; Government Code 12940)
Independent contractors shall submit a written conflict of interest statement disclosing financial interests as determined necessary by the Superintendent or designee, depending on the range of duties to be performed by the consultant. The Superintendent or designee shall consider this statement when deciding whether to recommend the approval of the contract.
Any consultant hired by the district who is subject to the filing requirements in the district's conflict of interest code shall file a Statement of Economic Interests within the time period required by law. (Government Code 87302)
When employees of a public university, county office of education, or other public agency serve as consultants or independent contractors in other capacities for the district, they shall certify as part of the agreement that they will not receive salary or remuneration other than vacation pay from any other public agency for the specific days when they work for the district.
The Board prohibits the harassment of an independent contractor by any district employee or by any other person with whom the independent contractor comes in contact during the course of employment with the district. Additionally, the Board prohibits the harassment of a district employee by an independent contractor. Any complaint of harassment shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with applicable district complaint procedures. (Government Code 12940)
220 Prohibition of discrimination
10400-10407 Cooperative improvement programs
17596 Limit on continuing contracts
35010 Control of districts; prescription and enforcement of rules
35172 Promotional activities
35204 Contract with attorney
44925 Part-time readers employed as independent contractors
45103 Classified service in districts not incorporating the merit system
45103.5 Contracts for food service consulting services
45134-45135 Employment of retired classified employee
45256 Merit system districts; classified service; positions established for professional experts on a temporary basis
12940 Unlawful employment practices
53060 Contract for special services and advice
82019 Designated employee
87302 Conflict of interest code
2750.3 ABC three-part test; employees and independent contractors
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CODE
606.5 Determination of employment status
621 Employer and employee defined
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 2
Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal 5th 903
S.G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v Department of Industrial Relations (1989) 48 Cal, 3d 341
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: August 19, 2010 Vista, California
revised: September 9, 2010
revised: March 5, 2020