It shall be unlawful for an employer to designate an employee as an independent contractor or temporary employee, reduce an employee's hours of work, or terminate and rehire an employee if a purpose of which is to avoid the employer's obligations under this part. An employer that violates this section shall be responsible to the fund for a penalty of 200 percent of the amount of any fee that would have otherwise been paid by the employer including for the period that the enrollee, and, if applicable, dependents should have received coverage but for the employer's conduct in violation of this section. The rights established under this section shall not reduce any other rights established under any other provision of law.
(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 673, Sec. 2.)