Employee or Independent Contractor? What to Do in the Wake of the Recent Rule Changes

Course Description:

This webinar will provide valuable and practical insight on how to properly classify freelancers, consultants, temps and other contract workers—and how to tell whether the worker in question is really an employee. In this webinar, you will learn how and when your workers are legally your employees, or what be able to properly classify them as independent contractors. This topic is particularly timely in light of the Biden Administration’s withdrawal of the rule promulgated by the Trump Administration.

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Why Should You Attend?

Many employers believe that if their employees agree to certain pay arrangements, or agree to be classified as independent contractors, then there is no violation of the law. This is not the case. Employees cannot agree to waive their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For example, offering your employees time off or additional benefits in place of overtime pay is still an FLSA violation—even if your employees sign a written contract to that effect. The FLSA and only the FLSA determines the employer’s FLSA obligations. In fact, even when an employee willingly goes along with, or even requests, an illegal pay arrangement s/he can still sue the employer for FLSA violations and recover any back pay he is owed under the law, in addition to keeping the extra pay and benefits he already pocketed under the illegal compensation system, and additional amounts in liquidated damages. If that’s not enough you may also be on the hook for your employee’s legal fees!

Whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is one of the most misunderstood areas in employment law, leaving businesses very vulnerable to fines, penalties and legal fees that can be staggering—particularly to smaller businesses. Businesses that try to escape paying payroll and other taxes in connection with their workers, or providing workers’ compensation coverage and other benefits do so at their peril. Since this practice results in loss of significant sums of money to both the federal and state governments, the US Department of Labor has entered into agreements with many of its state counterparts to crack down on businesses that misclassify workers.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  1. Intro- FLSA, Overtime, Records
  2. Employee or Independent Contractor?
    1. Definitions
        a. Benefits
        b. Risks
    2. Tests
        a. IRS Test
            i. Right to Control
            ii. Economic Realities
        b. DOL Test
        c. NLRB
        d. Some State laws (including the “ABC” Test).
        e. Trump Administration Rule and Biden Administration Rescission
    And more!

Who Will Benefit:

  • Business Owners
  • CEO’s
  • CFO’s
  • Controllers
  • H.R. Managers and Directors
  • Managers, Senior Managers
  • Hiring Managers
  • Anyone who deals with compensation issues
  • Compensation Officers
  • Benefits Administrators
  • HR Generalists

Our Speaker

Janette Levey Frisch

Janette Levey Frisch is an attorney with more than 20 years’ legal experience. She works with employers on most employment law issues to ensure that employers are in the best position possible to avoid litigation, audits, employee relations problems, and the attendant, often exorbitant costs. She authors the firm’s weekly blog, where she discusses issues impacting employers today. She has written articles on many different employment law issues for many publications, including EEO Insight, Staffing Industry Review, @Law, and Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Frisch has also spoken and trained on topics, such as criminal background checks in the hiring process, joint employment, severance arrangements, pre-employment screening among many others. She is licensed in New Jersey and New York. In addition, she serves as a Legal Wellness Professional to employers outside New Jersey and New York on almost all federal employment law issues, to enable employees to address workplace challenges before they escalate to litigation or costly audits. Ms. Frisch is also a contributor to the recently released book, “Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition,” published by John Wiley and Sons, and authored by David E. Perry and Mark J. Haluska.

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