Webinar Beyond Misclassification: The Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

On Demand Webinar Duration 90 Minutes

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Speaker : Janette is an attorney with more than 20 years legal experience


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.

Area 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

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

Your Instructor

Janette Levey Frisch
Janette Levey Frisch

Janette is an attorney with more than 20 years legal experience. Janette works in her own law practice 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 and 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. Janette is licensed in New Jersey and New York. In addition, Janette serves as a Legal Wellness Professional to employers outside New Jersey and New York on almost all federal employment law issues, to enable employees to address workplace challenges before they escalate to litigation or costly audits. Janette is a member of the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, a task force that serves as a resource to employers committed to taking a proactive, holistic approach to preventing and appropriately responding to the growing threat of workplace violence. Janette is also a contributor to the recently released book, "Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition", published by John Wiley and Sons, and authored by David E. Perry and Mark J. Haluska.

Janette serves as a member of the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, an interdisciplinary task force dedicated to providing cutting-edge holistic solutions to the increasing concern over workplace safety and workplace violence prevention.

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