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Independent Contractor Compliance Breakfast Briefing Series
July 22, 2010 - Pepper Hamilton's Princeton Office
Pepper Hamilton's Independent Contractor Compliance Marcum LLP and Practice Group arepleased to present a series of Breakfast Briefings highlighting the legal and legislative challenges facing employers that use independent contractors, and focusing on ways businesses can continue to use independent contractors in compliance with applicable labor, tax, and employee benefit laws.
In the face of mounting evidence that many employers throughout the nation have misclassified employees as independent contractors as a cost-saving measure, the IRS and state workforce agencies, state legislatures, Congress, plaintiffs' class-action lawyers and unions have taken aim at businesses that use contingent workers to complement their workforce.
The issue has gained national attention with President Obama's new budget for 2010-11 authorizing an additional $25 million in federal funds for the U.S. Department of Labor and the IRS to "target misclassification." Also in late April 2010, both houses of Congress introduced the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act (EMPA). If passed as expected this year, EMPA would make misclassification a federal labor offense, create new recordkeeping and notice obligations for businesses, impose hefty penalties for misclassification, and authorize the filing of lawsuits by workers who believe they have been misclassified.
Pepper is the only law firm in the nation to address the issue of independent contractor misclassification on an interdisciplinary basis from the labor, tax, and employee benefits law perspectives.
Join us as we discuss how companies using contingent workers can comply with the new legal landscape and minimize or avoid exposure to misclassification liability. We will also discuss our proprietary tools for enhancing corporate compliance with existing and anticipated legislation regarding proper classification of contingent workers.
Following the session, each presenter also will be available for a follow-up Q-and-A session for attendees.
New York Office Moderator: Andrew J. Kantor, Marcum LLP
Princeton Office Moderator: Michael J. Molder, Marcum LLP Senior manager
Speakers: Lisa B. Petkun, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Tax partner and co-head of Independent Contractor Compliance Practice
Richard J. Reibstein, Pepper Hamilton LLP Labor partner and co-head of Independent Contractor Compliance Practice Andrew J. Rudolph, Pepper Hamilton LLP Employee benefits partner and co-head of Independent Contractor Compliance Practice
For more information on this topic and our special approach to independent contractor compliance, visit our Independent Contractor Compliance Practice Group page on www.pepperlaw.com.