Do You Know the Rules for Independent Contractor vs. Employee?

Posted February 17th, 2012 by Michele Knight, CPA and filed in Not for Profit, Small Business Tax & Accounting
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There is a great webinar on February 28 to help small business and non-profit executive directors understand the difference.  It’s worth your time, so please read on!

Employee or independent contractor? That’s the million-dollar question-literally-facing many employers these days:

  • Classifying workers as contractors can be very tricky – especially since the IRS, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, and state-level regulations all define “contractors” in different ways.
  • U.S. Labor and Treasury regulators just announced a huge new enforcement campaign, hiring more inspectors and giving grants to states to pursue employers that misclassify contractors.
  • If you incorrectly designate an employee as a contractor (even if it’s an honest mistake), you’ll face costly penalties and back-tax claims.

Learn the latest strategies for correctly classifying and managing independent contractors with this webinar recording, as our expert speaker explains how to avoid the biggest mistakes employers make with contractors,.

Plus, you’ll learn:

  • The most current federal and state tests used to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor
  • The safest ways to correct contractor misclassifications (without triggering a legal claim in the process)
  • What steps you should follow to sever your relationship with any contractor
  • Best practices for dealing with special contractor issues such as workers’ compensation claims and the use of temporary employees 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (MST)
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (CST)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (EST)

 How Do Webinars Work?

A webinar is remarkably cost-effective and convenient. You participate from your office, using your computer with an Internet connection and speakers. You have no travel costs and no out-of-office time. Plus, for one low price, you can get as many people in your office to participate as you can fit around a speakerphone and a computer screen. Because the conference is live, you can ask the speakers questions – either on the phone or via the webinar interface.

You will receive access instructions via e-mail three days before the event and the morning of the event. Your conference materials will be included in these emails for you to view, print, and download prior to the event. They are also available on the webinar interface when you log in.

 The cost of the webinar is $25. If you are unable to join the webinar on January 24th, you may purchase recordings of the webinar for $100. To enroll in the class email webinars@symmetryconsult.com. Include a contact name and phone number. Someone will contact you to get payment information.

About your Speaker:

Karolynn Humberd St-Pierre is a top HR Consultant, Author of “The Small Business Human Resource Bible”, Small Business Advisor and business owner who knows how to help the small business remain compliant with state and federal employment guidelines.  

In 2009 Ms. St-Pierre founded Symmetry Consulting, LLC – www.symmetryconsult.com.  Symmetry Consulting partners with their clients so they can focus on their bottom line and growing their business while Symmetry manages the sometimes confusing HR functions and labor law compliance tasks. 

Prior to founding Symmetry Consulting, LLC, Ms. St-Pierre spent 15 years working for some the largest human resource consulting companies providing advice to Fortune 500 companies including:  Microsoft, Coors, Target and Ford.

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