• Wednesday, July 6
  • 1:00 ET
  • 10:00 PT
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HR Update: Independent Contractor Compliance

In this 75-minute interactive online training, you will learn how to:

  • Classify with confidence.

    No bright-line definition of “independent contractor” exists and mistakes can be disastrous for your company and career.

  • Understand new federal and state law changes.

    The back-and-forth IC guidelines are being rewritten, again. What are the current rules?

  • Avoid the IRS & DOL enforcement.

    The Biden administration announced that misclassification is a key enforcement target for 2022.

Now’s the time to make sure you’re classifying your employees and independent contractors correctly.

If you classify any workers as “independent contractors” or have plans to do so, it’s crucial to get those classifications correct in 2022. Recent government actions have added new complexity and confusion to the “contractor or employee” decision. And the financial (and career) stakes also have increased.

What’s new? The federal government’s definition keeps changing. Trump’s DOL made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors. The Biden administration tried to block those new rules, but now a Texas court says the Trump rules should be reinstated. Biden's DOL is appealing. All this leaves businesses confused about when they can classify a worker as a contractor.

At the same time, you’re facing new enforcement risks and penalties. The IRS and DOL continue to come down hard on misclassification ($5.3 million and $7.2 million rulings this year alone). But the National Labor Relations Board wants to add another layer of pain by saying any misclassification is an “unfair labor practice” that triggers labor law violations.

What to do? Contractor status has exploded in recent years and it can save you big on taxes and benefits. Get those classifications right by attending this timely webinar led by two experts on the topic.

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Agenda for HR Update: Independent Contractor Compliance

  • How to create independent contractor relationships that comply with current IRS, DOL, NLRB, and state agency requirements.
  • How to make the case-by-case determination of an employee’s status that will stand up in court.
  • What is the DOL’s current definition of a contractor, and what changes are coming?
  • The pros and cons of contractor status (same work, lower costs, fewer hassles) and the risks (reclassifications leading to huge tax, wage, and benefit payments).
  • COVID and vaccine developments affecting independent contractors, and how to respond.
  • Why the feds are increasing enforcement, what they're looking for, and how you can stay in compliance.
  • What to expect this summer from the federal government and the states on this issue.
  • The key factors the DOL and IRS consider (and you should, too) in making classification decisions.
  • Important court cases that help draw a brighter line between contractors and employees.

Interactive Q&A time included

Get answers to your specific contractor questions during our special Q&A session.

Greg Guidry is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, based in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has successfully represented management in all phases of labor and employment law throughout the United States for over 35 years. A significant percentage of his practice involves defending and advising clients on misclassification issues. He is the president of the national Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America directory in the labor and employment law field.

Greg Guidry
Greg Guidry Ogletree Deakins

Jennifer Trulock is a partner at Baker Botts in Dallas, where she is chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Jennifer graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and she represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Jennifer also counsels and trains employers on managing workplace issues and preventing employment lawsuits.

Jennifer Trulock
Jennifer Trulock Baker Botts
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