A confusing array of worker classification laws—current federal law, a new Pennsylvania law and a variety of other states’ statutes—often mean companies are misclassifying employees, and are facing new stiff penalties and fines.
Pennsylvania has started revamping its worker classification laws with construction workers. In October 2010, Pennsylvania passed the “Construction Workplace Misclassification Act,” which establishes fixed criteria for construction companies to distinguish between an independent contractor and an employee. The Act provides for both civil and criminal penalties if an employer misclassifies an employee as an independent contractor.
To help companies understand the new and current laws—and worker classification issues in general—the Pennsylvania Chamber presents noted attorney Dan A. Schulder, member of the Business Law Department of the law firm Cozen O’Connor. He will cover:
- An overview of the current federal and state laws with particular emphasis on what businesses need to do to be in compliance
- The criteria employers must use to differentiate between an employee and an independent contractor
- Recordkeeping requirements
- Corrective action companies should take if they find they have misclassified employees
- The most common mistakes companies make in classifying employees, and the solutions and best practices
The speaker will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.