What HR Must Know NOW about Classifying Independent Contractors and Employees

Duration: 90 minutes

While many employers anxiously watched for news of overtime updates last year, another equally critical, issue received less attention: Employee classification.

According to Department of Labor guidance, many of the workers you currently pay as 1099 contractors may now be considered full employees. Don’t miss this information-packed session to find out what these changes mean for your organization.    (more details below)


WHY ATTEND

In case you missed it, here are the basics:

  • DOL’s Wage & Hour Division issued an Administrator’s Interpretation informing employers that the DOL now considers independent contractor status the exception rather than the rule.
  • Employers must use an “Economic Reality” test to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.
  • If an independent contractor is largely dependent on your company for their livelihood, they are likely an employee under the new guidelines.

There are tax issues to consider as well. The IRS is aggressively pursuing uncollected withholding and estimated taxes from employers who misclassified workers. And on top of that, many state agencies are doing the same to collect state taxes or workers’ compensation insurance.

What does this all mean for your organization? And what further changes could be ahead under a new presidential administration?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This webinar, featuring employment law expert Anniken Davenport, will cover what you must do to comply with current DOL guidance and prepare for any future changes:

  • Review all independent contractor agreements in light of the new DOL guidelines
  • Apply the “Economic Realities” test to every one of your 1099 workers
  • Examine lease agreements with independent contractors
  • Convert misclassified independent contractors to employees in a way that doesn’t trigger a lawsuit, IRS and DOL scrutiny or other unwanted attention
  • Adjust your relationship with independent contractors who cannot be converted to full employees

        ABOUT THE SPEAKER

        Anniken has taught business law and HR management at Penn State University and directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. She has represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in discrimination and employment law cases and school districts in labor negotiations. Anniken holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Penn State.

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        This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hour(s) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) & Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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