The flexible work arrangement has become a norm in the post-pandemic time, presenting hurdles among company decision-makers when it comes to employee classification. Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can pose legal risks to employers including liability claims related to employment taxes, interest, and penalties.

While the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) holds established factors in determining employee status, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also uses its standards for evaluation with an emphasis on the behavioral, financial, and relational details. Thus, stiffer fines and criminal penalties await employers who committed fraudulent or intentional misclassification. These developments underscore the need for company executives to be well-versed with the different factors or legal standards in classifying workers to mitigate misclassification liabilities and other legal risks.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they provide a comprehensive discussion of the existing regulations, emerging developments, and notable cases involving independent contractor misclassification. Speakers will also offer practical tips and compliance strategies to mitigate potential risks in this evolving legal landscape.

Key topics include:

  • Independent Contractor Misclassification: Challenges and Pitfalls
  • Determining Employee Status: Demystifying the IRS Factors
  • Practical Tips and Strategies
  • Notable and Latest Cases and Legislative Developments
  • What Lies Ahead?


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast



General knowledge of labor and employment laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.5 CLE

How to Claim CLE Credits Per State:

CLE State Requirements:

Speaker Panel:

William D. Taylor, Partner
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Bill Taylor maintains both a transactional and litigation business practice and represents all types of business ventures, both publicly and privately owned.  Bill has significant experience in all aspects of the transportation industry throughout the U.S. and global markets. He is well-versed in all areas of domestic and international logistics law and policy. Bill regularly consults with clients regarding co-employer claims related to independent contractor relations in this industry, including restructuring and/or creating operating entities within the so-called “broker model.” Bill is a past president of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the founder of Hanson Bridgett’s Transportation and Logistics Practice Group. Bill is selected annually as a Super Lawyer and statewide Best of the Bar and serves as an appointed member of the Editorial Board for Transportation Law 360.

Barry A. Furman, Of Counsel
Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.,

Barry counsels a wide range of clients regarding many matters, including the following:  independent contractors; worker classification; taxation; and not- for-profit law, corporate, employment, real estate, and healthcare laws; and estate planning and administration.  Barry’s advice and services include entity formation, business structuring, mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, financing, licensing, regulatory issues, contract negotiations and preparation of agreements. Barry has received accolades for his government service and in private practice. While Barry was with the Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS, the Chief Counsel conferred Barry with several merit awards.  In private practice, Barry’s peers recognize him as a leader in the law with a national rating of “esteem” for competency and ethics.  Most recently, he joined Executive Leaders for Advisory Board as a member and advisor and serves as its general counsel.  Barry is a public speaker and is an author of articles published in legal and business journals.

Jonathan L. Sulds, Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jonathan L. Sulds is a member of the Hall of Fame of American Labor and Employment lawyers established by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive magazine. They also have named him both one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers and as one of the Nation’s Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor and Employment Law.

Jon has been representing leading employers since 1974 in virtually every aspect of their engagement, protection, management and reward of workforce resources. He regularly represents employers in the areas of collective bargaining and traditional labor relations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, wage and hour matters, discrimination and harassment complaints, restrictive covenant, duty of loyalty and trade secret litigation, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and other whistleblower matters, global and domestic executive employment arrangements, and corporate campaigns. Jon is also frequently involved in the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions and class and collective actions that arise in those contexts. From 2010 through 2018 Jon co-chaired the firm’s Global Labor and Employment Practice which was twice named a Law360 Employment Group of the Year during that tenure. He currently co-chairs the Labor & Employment Practice’s ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation group.


William D. TaylorPartner

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Barry A. FurmanOf Counsel

Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.,


  • Behavioral Control:  Does company control or have right to control worker
  • Financial Control: Economic aspects of relationship
  • Relationship of parties:  Intent; written contracts; forms filed
  • Steps to Avoid Misclassification
  • Current Developments

Jonathan L. SuldsShareholder

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Date & Time:

Friday, January 28, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

A recording will be available to view 24-48 hours after the live date.


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Who Should Attend:

  • Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Human Resource Generalists
  • General Counsel
  • In-house Counsel


William D. TaylorPartner
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Barry A. FurmanOf Counsel
Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.,
Jonathan L. SuldsShareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP



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