Broadcast Date: Monday, December 12, 2022
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


Worker misclassification has perpetually posed serious challenges for many businesses and companies alike. Today, the number of misclassified workers as independent contractors continues to grow, across all industries, despite shifting regulatory initiatives.

The US Department of Labor recently announced its plan to issue a new Independent Contractor (IC) Final Rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). While the proposed change will aid in ensuring protection for workers under the FLSA, it will also generate profound compliance hurdles for companies. In order to avoid penalties and non-compliance, companies must keep themselves adept with the new rule, its implications, and potential drawbacks. Moreover, companies must understand that learning about, and implementing, best practices for correct employee classification is imperative to mitigate risks.

Listen as The Knowledge Group presents experienced litigator Steven Siegler (KI Legal) and labor and employment attorney Jackie C. Staple (Jackson Walker LLP) to discuss the most significant issues and challenges surrounding the independent contractor law landscape. The distinguished speakers will share fresh insights and best practices to successfully navigate through the complexities of the evolving worker classification landscape based on their experience.

Key topics that will be covered in this discussion are:

  • Independent Contractor: Final Rule
  • Regulatory Changes: Potential Impact on the Businesses
  • Practical Toolkit: Most Widely Used Classification Tests
  • Emerging Compliance Issues: Mitigating Risks and Penalties
  • What’s Next


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast



General knowledge of labor and employment laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Jackie C. Staple, Associate
Employment Law Specialist

Jackson Walker LLP

Jackie Staple, a Texas board certified labor and employment attorney in Jackson Walker LLP’s Houston office, focuses on advising and counseling businesses on employment law compliance and handling labor and employment transactional matters. Jackie has depth of experience drafting various employment, separation and release, and restrictive covenant agreements; conducting due diligence of employment considerations in equity and asset transactions; and litigating a breadth of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, and wrongful termination claims.

Steven Siegler, Partner
24 Years of Experience in Employment & Business Law

KI Legal

An experienced litigator and advisor focusing on employment law and business law, Steven’s breadth of experience gives him a unique understanding of issues that business owners, shareholders, partners, executives and key employees face, and the strategies needed to get his clients the best possible results. Steven works tirelessly for his New York and New Jersey clients with employment law needs, designing customized and cost-effective compliance strategies, including tailored handbooks, policies and procedures manuals, training programs, workplace investigations, and responses to agency audits; if litigation becomes necessary, he has the trial experience and understanding to mount a vigorous defense. For entrepreneurs, start-ups and business owners, Steven provides honest and effective legal advice, compliance strategies and contract preparation with a view toward maximizing business gains and minimizing future disputes. He also protects and asserts the rights of business owners in non-competition, trade secret, and business defamation claims.



Jackie C. StapleAssociate

Jackson Walker LLP

  • Basic overview of who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor, and why it is legally important to properly classify workers
  • The various sources of tests for independent contractor status (Department of Labor, IRS, court tests, etc.)
  • A brief history of the various Department of Labor tests for independent contractor status under the FLSA
  • The current Department of Labor Proposed Rule for independent contractor status under the FLSA


Steven SieglerPartner

KI Legal

  • Benefits of Engaging Independent Contractors
  • Risks of Misclassification
  • Minimizing Risk of Misclassification
  • Evaluating an Independent Contractor Engagement
  • Independent Contractor Agreement – Key Terms

Date & Time:

Monday, December 12, 2022

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Employee Benefits Lawyers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • VPs and Directors of HR
  • HR Managers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • General Counsel


Jackie C. StapleAssociate
Employment Law Specialist
Jackson Walker LLP
Steven SieglerPartner
24 Years of Experience in Employment & Business Law
KI Legal



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