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.1.
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
The misclassification issue: employee or contractor?
At what point does a contractor-company relationship cross the line into an employer-employee relationship? A lot rides on correctly classifying a worker from the start.
- Explore the implications of misclassification for the company and the worker
- Delve into the elements of a misclassification claim
- Receive practical tips for litigating misclassification issues
Plus, a representative from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will explain how they process a misclassification claim and how new tax laws may impact that procedure.
What it all means
A panel discussion with employer, worker, DWD, and judicial perspectives will consider bigger picture topics like:
- The pros and cons of using contingent workers vs. traditional employees
- The gig economy's impact on low-wage workers, caretakers, and families
- The need for new public policies and legislation designed for nontraditional workers
Whether you're representing a freelancer or company, learn how to better advise your client at every step.
1. https://www.npr.org/2018/03/07/589840595/gig-economy-renews-debate-over-whether-contractors-are- really-workers ?