This webinar is focused on classification of independent contractors in an economic environment where misclassification is currently being viewed as a revenue source by government agencies that are struggling to meet budget challenges.
Most businesses use a combination of employees and contractors to fulfill different business needs. That makes sense but it's important to recognize that employees and contractors have different rights, and businesses have different obligations to each of them. To comply with those obligations, you should be familiar with the various independent contractor tests used by different federal and state agencies and the courts so that you can make a sound business decision about how you classify your workers.
In this webinar, you'll learn about those tests in the context of the current economic environment, best practices for entering into and maintaining independent contractor relationships, and the potential scope of penalties if you get it wrong. You'll also find out about some recent litigation and investigative activity and the financial toll those cases took on the businesses involved. Deciding whether to classify someone as a contractor or employee isn't always easy but this webinar can help you along the way and, at the same time, increase your appreciation of the need to pay very close attention to these issues.
Why you should attend
: Every business has to classify their workers as employees or independent contractors. When it comes to independent contractor classifications, the path is not always clear and if you get it wrong, penalties are severe. So it's important to understand the tests that are used to determine contractor status and how to maintain that status once it's been established. Government agencies, both federal and state, have been stepping up their enforcement efforts and mechanisms for the past several years and particularly since 2009. The time has come for every business to take another look at their workforce and to make sure things have been done correctly. Best practices for risk management require it.
Areas Covered In the Session:
Who will benefit:
- The current compliance and enforcement environment when it comes to worker misclassifications
- Benefits and pitfalls of using independent contractors
- Understanding the various federal and state tests for proper classification of independent contractors
- The scope of penalties for improper classification
- Information about recent classification lawsuits and investigations
- Best practices for entering into and maintaining independent contractor relationships
- Managers and supervisors
- Human Resources professionals (business partners, generalists and functional specialists)
- Payroll professionals
- Business Owners
- Administrators and office managers
- Contract Managers
- Compliance Professionals