Beyond Misclassification: The Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

01:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT Duration 90 Minutes

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How to avoid or minimize them so that your company and the contractors can enjoy


The gig economy is not slowing down. More and more businesses are engaging independent contractors. More workers are choosing to be independent contractors, and often with good reason. Independent contractors provide flexibility for both the client and the worker, and they often enable businesses to engage the talent they need for the time they need it and keep their costs down. Seems like a win-win for everyone, right? The independent contractor model is not without significant risks, however. In addition to the very real risk of misclassification (and the often seemingly draconian consequences that come with it) are other risks. What happens when the independent contractor is injured while working for you? Can you be liable when the independent contractor makes a mistake? Do you have any obligations to the independent contractor’s employees or to a sub-contractor? Often the answer can be “yes”. But it doesn’t have to be. In this session you will learn the risks of using independent contractors—beyond those associated with worker misclassification—and how to avoid or minimize them so that your company and the contractors can enjoy a mutually beneficial business relationship.

Areas Covered

•      When your company can be liable for an independent contractor’s injuries;
•      Can your company be liable for a contractor’s negligent or willful misconduct?
•      Joint Employment of the contractor’s (or sub-contractor’s) employees;
•      Independent Contractors and Non-Competes;
•      Harassment/Bullying/Discrimination Issues;
•      And More!

Who will Benefit

•      HR Managers and Directors
•      Leave Administrators
•      Benefits Administrators
•      Business Owners
•      CEO’s
•      Senior Managers
•      Front-Line and Middle Managers
•      Controllers and CFO’s

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the All industries and companies

Speaker Profile

Janette Levey Frisch

Janette Levey Frisch,employment and hr attorney

Janette Levey Frisch is the founder of The EmpLAWyerologist Firm, has over 20 years of legal experience, more than 10 of which she has spent in Employment Law. It was during her tenure as sole in-house counsel for a mid-size staffing company headquartered in Central New Jersey, with operations all over the continental US, that she truly developed her passion for Employment Law.

Janette and The EmpLAWyerologist Firm operate under this core belief: It is possible, and it is in an employer's best interest, to proactively solve workforce challenges before they become problems, before they result in lawsuits or steep fines caused by government audits.

Janette works with employers on most employment law issues, acting as the Employer's Legal Wellness Professional - to ensure that employers are in the best position possible to avoid litigation, audits, employee relations problems, and the attendant, often exorbitant costs. Janette authors the firm's weekly blog, where you can read each week, in plain English (not legalese) about issues impacting employers today. Janette has written articles on many different employment law issues for many publications, including EEO Insight, Staffing Industry Review, @Law, and Chief Legal Officer.

Janette 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, many others.

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