Roger James, Partner, Ogletree Deakins to Speak at The Knowledge Group's Challenges, Pitfalls, and Minimizing the Risks in, Misclassification of Independent Contractors

Top Quote Roger James, Partner, Ogletree Deakins to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Challenges, Pitfalls, and Minimizing the Risks in, Misclassification of Independent Contractors: Recent Developments Impacting Global Employment LIVE Webcast. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) November 06, 2017 - This event is scheduled for November 9, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (ET).

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    About Roger James
    Roger is a member of Ogletree’s International Practice Group, based in their London office. He has a particular niche in international issues and oversees the challenges of employing people in multiple jurisdictions for multinational clients.

    Roger’s clients are across all sectors and range from global multinationals to start ups. His work covers all aspects of employment law across multiple jurisdictions including in particular:
    -Executive hiring and firing
    -RIFs and restructuring
    -acquisition, due diligence and harmonisation
    -investigations and litigation
    -union and industrial action issues

    Roger qualified in 1996 and joined Ogletree in May 2017 from an international firm where he had headed the Employment Team and split his time between the firm’s UK and Singapore offices. As such Roger has particular expertise dealing with labor and employment law issues in Europe and Asia.

    About Ogletree Deakins
    Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters, including advising clients operating worldwide and offering cross-border solutions to the key challenges of managing a global workforce. The firm has over 800 attorneys located in more than 50 offices through the Americas (including Toronto and Mexico City), and in Europe. Ogletree Deakins has been named a Law Firm of the Year six consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law - Management category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies

    Event Synopsis:
    Many employers who utilize subcontractors and independent contractors are facing increased scrutiny. Companies both in the United States and overseas engaging independent contractors should evaluate independent contractor relationships and consider ways to mitigate the risks in misclassification.

    The misclassification of workers classified as independent contractors continues to receive attention by federal and state agencies. Widespread use of independent contractors in the United States and overseas has led to reduction in tax collections, reduced contributions to unemployment insurance, disability and workers’ compensation funds. Independent contractors do not receive overtime compensation, do not receive unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation resulting in more federal and state Department of Labor audits. Federal and state agencies are sharing information to assist in identifying potential abuses and ensure proper worker classification.

    Despite the increased scrutiny, utilizing independent contractors is permissible under existing laws and can generate significant business costs and tax savings when the relationship is established properly. Independent contractors are not eligible to participate in employee benefit plans and are paid as self-employed individuals without tax withholdings and contributions. However, the costs of misclassification can be high in terms of taxes, back wages and various penalties.

    Attending this course will give you a broad overview of the Internal Revenue Code, FLSA and state statutes, generally, that apply to employee v. Independent contractor determinations. The course will give you tools and other options for your overseas workforce and to evaluate independent contractor relationships and provide an in-depth analysis of the classification tests used in different countries and the misclassification risks associated in each classification tests.

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