Understanding State and Federal Independent contractor/Employee Classification Requirements



Date & Time

Start Date: 03/21/2013



Understanding State and Federal Independent Contractor/Employee Classification Requirements: A confusing array of worker classification laws – current federal law, Pennsylvania law and a variety of other states' statutes – often mean companies are misclassifying employees and are facing new stiff penalties and fines.

Several years ago, Pennsylvania began revamping its worker classification laws starting 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. But whether it's in construction, manufacturing, retail or office work, state and federal laws provide civil and criminal penalties if an employer misclassifies an employee as an independent contractor.

To help companies understand the new and current law – 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

For further information, please contact the Event Hotline: 877 866-8965 or click here



Dan A. Schulder



(717) 703-5905

Related Practices