Workers' Comp: Legal Issues and Best Practices

Discover your compliance mistakes now—before the feds do.

Independent Contractor Workshop:
How to Comply and Avoid the IRS/DOL Crackdown

“Get ready for an intense new round in the long-running fight over which workers are independent contractors … The IRS is taking a closer look at companies that use contractors.”
– BusinessWeek

If you classify any workers as “independent contractors” — or have plans to do so — now is the time to make sure you get that classification correct.

A massive new “Misclassification Initiative” launched by the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor is targeting employers with more audits and closer scrutiny. The IRS estimates that 80% of workers classified as “independent contractors” are actually employees.

As part of the crackdown, the DOL hired 100 new auditors solely to investigate misclassifications. State investigators are also turning up the heat on employers. And all this attention is prompting more independent contractors — and their attorneys — to challenge their classifications in court.

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What to do? Now is the time to understand this issue once and for all — and get in compliance. Independent Contractor Workshop will teach you:

  • How to create foolproof independent contractor relationships that meet IRS, DOL and state agency requirements.
  • The benefits of using independent contractors (same work, lower costs, fewer hassles) and the inherent risks (reclassifications leading to huge tax, wage and benefit payments).
  • Why the feds are cracking down now, what they’re looking for and how you can achieve compliance.
  • The key factors the DOL and IRS consider (and you should, too) in making classification decisions.
  • The IRS test, the so-called “Darden Factors” and the “Economic Realities” standard.
  • Important court cases, including the infamous FedEx case, that help draw a brighter line between contractors and employees.
  • The 8 steps you should take to create legally safe dealings with independent contractors.
  • When you can have a “joint employer” relationship with a contracting agency — and what to be aware of.
  • Plus, answers to YOUR questions about independent contractor issues.
Independent contractor status can save you big on taxes and benefits. But you must get those classifications right — now more than ever!

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The federal government predicts its new crackdown on employee misclassification will reap at least $7 billion in federal revenue over the next 10 years. Don’t become a notch on the IRS’ belt! Discover your compliance mistakes now — before the feds do — and learn how to manage your independent contractors legally.

In just 75 minutes, you’ll learn how to manage independent contractors with minimum friction and no trips to the courthouse.

What your colleagues are saying

When this training was given at the LEAP conference, attendees showered rave reviews, including:

“Very important and timely presentation. Great guidelines to follow”
“Obviously expert speakers”
“Great to have all the analysis and tests”
“Great breakdown … causes me to take a closer look at a few individuals”
“Lots of leading-edge knowledge and commentary with humor”


Pat DiDomenico
Pat DiDomenico
Editorial Director, HR Specialist

P.S. Your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed. If Independent Contractor Workshop fails to meet your needs, we will refund every penny you paid — no hassles, no questions asked.

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 Hear a Free 90-Second Clip of
Independent Contractor Workshop
from Richard Brann & Greg Guidry:

About Your Speakers: 

Richard Brann is former chair of the labor and employment law practice at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, where he specialized in representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Brann is the past chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Greg Guidry is a shareholder in the Lafayette, Louisiana office of Onebane Law Firm, where he heads the labor and employment law practice group and is chairman of the firm. He has successfully represented management in employment law issues for more than 35 years. He is the president of the national Management Labor & Employment Roundtable and is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Who Should Listen:

  • HR professionals
  • Supervisors and managers
  • Executives
  • Business owners

Credit Hours:

This recording has been approved for 1.25 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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