1. Independent Contractors: What HR Needs To Know

Independent Contractors: What HR Needs To Know

Employment law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will distill the essential revelations from the recent court decisions relating to employee classification. You will learn how to apply the rules to your workforce, document decisions, and minimize liability.
Event ID: 2620297
Recording: Unable to attend? A recording will be available after the presentation.
Date: Monday, September 14, 2020; 11:30 AM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Dr. Jim Castagnera

Are independent contractors really employees? Learn how to avoid misclassification penalties.

The pandemic has brought a new focus on the proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. The clamor of drivers, shoppers, and other gig workers for employee status and benefits has intensified.

On August 10, a California court ruled that Uber and Lyft must treat their drivers as employees. By contrast, earlier this year in Pennsylvania, a judge ruled that Uber drivers are genuine independent contractors. Meanwhile, Lyft drivers in Massachusetts have launched a class action suit, seeking employee benefits under the Emergency Sick Leave Act. Now is the time for you to understand the detailed and evolving rules and revisit if your workers are correctly classified.

  • What are the major tests of independent-contractor status?
  • What do the most recent court decisions reveal about the future?
  • How can you justify independent contractor status?
  • What do gig economy workers want?
  • What is organized labor doing to represent contractors?
  • What are the penalties and other liabilities for misclassification?
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