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Is the Gig Up? Compliance and the Independent Contractor 2018

Product ID: CA2773D
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

The rise of the gig economy

The way people work is changing. More people are eschewing standard employment to be freelancers or working a "side hustle" in addition to their "regular" job. Freelancers and contract workers make up the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce – and they're expected to surpass half of all workers within a decade.

What do these changes mean for employers, workers, and public policy? Find out at Is the Gig Up? Compliance and the Independent Contractor. You'll learn:

  • Trends in nontraditional employment and examples of gig companies
  • Considerations for deciding between hiring an employee or using an independent contractor
  • Tactics for drafting airtight independent contractor agreements
  • Perils of the "employer" exerting too much control over the worker and work performance
  • Ways to poke holes in a deficient independent contractor agreement
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Pricing

Member $249.00

Non-Member $329.00

Credits

6 CLE

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The rise of the gig economy

The way people work is changing. More people are eschewing standard employment to be freelancers or working a "side hustle" in addition to their "regular" job. Freelancers and contract workers make up the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce – and they're expected to surpass half of all workers within a decade.

What do these changes mean for employers, workers, and public policy? Find out at Is the Gig Up? Compliance and the Independent Contractor. You'll learn:

  • Trends in nontraditional employment and examples of gig companies
  • Considerations for deciding between hiring an employee or using an independent contractor
  • Tactics for drafting airtight independent contractor agreements
  • Perils of the "employer" exerting too much control over the worker and work performance
  • Ways to poke holes in a deficient independent contractor agreement
Read More ↓

Program Chair and Presenter:

Jane D. Clark
Clark & Gotzler, Attorneys at Law LLC
Madison

Presenters:

James J. Chiolino
Deputy Division Administrator & Director, Labor Standards Bureau
Equal Rights Division
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Madison

Michael R. Gotzler
Clark & Gotzler, Attorneys at Law LLC
Madison

Heath P. Straka
Axley Brynelson LLP
Madison

Schedule

8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : What are we talking about? Who are the contingent workers?

  • Who are the nontraditional workers – freelancers, staffing agencies, other non-traditional employees
  • Examples of gig companies
  • Current trends and projections

Jane D. Clark

8:45 a.m. : Management-side issues

  • Practical considerations – to use an independent contractor? Or hire someone? – the benefits and pitfalls of each
  • Considerations for management in controlling how the work is done
  • Drafting independent contractor agreements that survive scrutiny
  • Practical issues facing practitioners facing newly-formed ‘gig economy’ companies
  • Strategies to avoid and/or survive audits and legal challenges to worker classification
  • Tax implications – who remedies the situation when an employee is misclassified?
  • Worker’s comp and other implications
  • Liability issues if a worker causes an injury

Jane D. Clark

10:15 a.m. : Break

10:30 a.m. : Worker-side Issues

  • Elements of a plaintiff’s claim
  • Practical considerations when litigating misclassification issues
  • Potential factual and legal problems facing gig economy workers in context of establishing misclassification

Heath P. Straka

12:00 p.m. : Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. : Perspective of the State

  • How the DWD processes a claim
  • Initiatives of the State
  • Impact of new tax laws
  • Tour of the DWD website on the topic – highlighting various tests used within the DWD

James J. Chiolino

2:00 p.m. : Public Policy Issues and Future Considerations

  • Recent legislation
  • Caretaker and family issues
  • Impact on low-wage workers
  • Pros/cons of gig economy vs traditional workplace
  • Mortgages, tax filing, Social Security were all designed for a different era. How do we adapt?

All faculty

3:00 p.m. : Program Concludes

  • Understand the issues, people, and companies making up today’s gig economy
  • Know the pros and cons of contingent workers vs. traditional employees
  • Help companies navigate the unique issues involved with employing nontraditional workers
  • Explore employee misclassification from worker and employer perspectives
  • Receive guidance on litigating misclassification cases
  • Discover the DWD's misclassification claim processes
  • Learn about recent legislation impacting the gig economy and challenges the future may bring
  • Employment law attorneys
  • Business lawyers
  • General practitioners

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