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.
Just this past summer, the U.S. Department of Labor added new complexity and confusion into the "contractor vs. employee" decision. President Trump's DOL rescinded key Obama-era guidelines that aimed to narrow the definition of an independent contractor. That's good news for employers, but it raises more questions about who exactly qualifies for contractor status these days.
The past few years have seen a massive new "Misclassification Initiative" launched by the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor, 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.
What to do? Now is the time to understand this issue once and for all – and get in compliance. Join us Thursday, October 26, for Independent Contractor Workshop. Our timely webinar will teach you:
- How to create 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).
- What the DOL's new guidance means and how it changes the classification game.
- Why the feds are cracking down now, what they're looking for and how you can achieve compliance.
- What employers can expect from the Trump administration on this issue.
- 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 steps you should take to deal safely 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.
As a recent Wall Street Journal report, "The End of Employees," noted, contractor status has exploded in recent years and it can save you big on taxes and benefits. But you must get those classifications right – now more than ever!
The federal government predicts its 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.
What your colleagues are saying
When this training was given recently, 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"
And because this is a webinar, there is no limit to the number of colleagues you can invite to sit in on this interactive event. I look forward to welcoming you October 26.
Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
P.S. Early Registration Bonus. The first 50 people who sign up for this informative webinar will receive Using Independent Contractors at no cost or obligation. This report offers step-by-step instructions on how to comply with IRS requirements without compromising your ability to make cost-effective hiring decisions. Others have paid $39.95 for this report, but we'll send you the download with our compliments … if you sign up today.
P.P.S. Extra Added Bonus. You'll receive one month of Premium Plus Online – our comprehensive electronic information service. Premium Plus Online features more than 10,000 HR articles, online compliance self-audits, over 100 forms and checklists, plus Ask the Attorney (responses to your employment law questions). So that you continue to benefit from Premium Plus, we'll continue your access automatically for just $99 per quarter, unless you tell us "no, thanks" – your choice.
P.P.P.S. We promise you'll be satisfied. If Independent Contractor Workshop fails to meet your needs, we will refund 100% of your tuition – no questions asked. Your course materials, Early Registration Bonus and website access are all yours to keep.
CD Recording & Download: $197
Webinar, CD Recording & Download: $297
Since this is a webinar, you and your entire staff can attend in the comfort of your office or conference room for one low price! You may include as many people as you wish while listening on a single phone line or computer. Contact us for multi-site discounts.
About Your Speakers:
Greg Guidry is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, based in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has successfully represented management in all phases of labor and employment law throughout the United States for over 35 years. A significant percentage of his practice involves defending and advising clients on misclassification issues. He is the president of the national Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America directory in the labor and employment law field.
Jennifer Trulock is a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas, where she is chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Jennifer graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and Vassar College. She is also board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jennifer represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment litigation and audits including independent contractor misclassification issues, counseling and training employers on managing workplace issues and preventing lawsuits, workplace investigations, affirmative action planning, and advising on acquisition and divestiture employment issues.
Early Registration Bonus:
Using Independent Contractors. This special report offers step-by-step instructions on how to comply with IRS requirements without compromising your ability to make cost-effective hiring decisions. You'll learn the IRS' approved tests to determine classification, see a sample contract to make independent contractor relationships stick and review guidelines for states with even stricter rules.
Extra Added Bonus:
You'll receive one month of members-only access to Premium Plus Online – our comprehensive electronic information service at TheHRSpecialist.com. Premium Plus Online features online compliance self-audits, over 100 forms and checklists, plus Ask the Attorney (responses to your employment law questions). So that you continue to benefit from Premium Plus, we'll continue your access automatically for just $99 per quarter, unless you tell us "no, thanks" – your choice.
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