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Employees vs Independent Contractors? Are you Ready to Be Audited?

Duration : 90 Minutes

Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP,

HR Compliance Solutions, LLC-Compliance Officer, Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP-is a senior level human resources professional with over 14 years of HR management and compliance experience. A current Compliance Officer for HR Compliance Solutions, Margie has worked as an HR and Compliance advisor for Read more

The Department of Labor (DOL) has increased efforts in tracking and targeting companies and industries who have notoriously and willfully misclassified employees as independent contractors (otherwise called 1099) to avoid paying for employment taxes. However, some Employers do not have malicious intent and truly are confused about the classification process. Based on that ignorance, these Employers can be at risk for stiff penalties and even criminal sanctions. Whether the misclassification is malicious or non-intentional, the fines and penalties can impact all companies and can make a company lose money, impact the company’s credibility and development. DOL has increased not only efforts in identifying companies who misclassify employees but they also increased the number of investigators. Additionally, research has proven that most of the allegations of workplace issues are made by disgruntled employees. Can your policies and procedures stand up to current DOL regulations? Is your company following current workplace regulations or are aware of what the new regulations are? Did you know that most regulatory agencies have increased their fines and penalties in 2016 and doubled the penalties? Can you afford to withstand large penalties imposed on your company?

Course Objective:

Companies need to be diligent when they hire employees or decide to use independent contractors. Learn the best way to identify and classify employees accurately and reduce the risk of violations of DOL workplace regulations. Ensure that your managers know what to do when they hire individuals to work. Have your hiring professionals be aware of hiring guidelines that will impact your company through fines, penalties and criminal sanctions.

• Understand the difference between employees and independent contractors

• Develop an internal audit checklist to ensure you are always reviewing changes in classification
• Be proactive instead of reactive to classification changes made by Supervisors/Managers
• Learn the IRS 20 Factor Test for classifying employees
• What forms must you have to be compliant with DOL and IRS when it comes to Independent Contractors?
• Learn the new enforcement initiatives led by DOL and other regulatory entities
• Why do Employers choose to misclassify employees?
• What types of classification are there and learn how to avoid the risks
• What are the current definitions of employee status and how can you be sure you have classified them accurately?
• What are the traps that companies fall into when they decide to hire temporary employees?
• How can you identify the DOL skills test to properly classify employees?
• Learn how the DOL misclassification regulations can impact Employers and employees
• What tools can you use to properly to identify employees?
• What to do if you are targeted?
• The best way to hire appropriately.

Course Outline:

Topics covered include:

• DOL resources for employees to blow the whistle on their Employers
• What are the penalties of violating the DOL regulations?
• What are Exempt and Non-Exempt employees?
• How can payroll providers help with the classification?
• What does salaried and hourly employees have to do with classification?
• Case scenarios of situations and occurrences in misclassification lawsuits
• How can Employers reduce their risk when classifying employees?
• Does a 1099 IRS process guarantee independent contractor status?
• Employer tools, tips and resources to ensure compliance with DOL enforcement regulations

What You Get:

•  Training Materials
•  Live Q&A Session with our Expert
• Participation Certificate
• Access to Signup Community (Optional)
• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

• Compliance Professionals
• HR Professionals
• Business Owners
• Board of Directors
• Individuals involved with Vendor Management
• Office Managers and those responsible with hiring
• Hiring Managers
• Talent Acquisition professionals
• Recruiters
• Anyone interested in avoiding fines, penalties and criminal sanctions

Please reach us at 1-888-844-8963 for any further assistance or if you wish to register

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