(Recorded Webinar) Part 2 - Ring the Alarm: Avoiding The Legal Perils of Employee Misclassification

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Duration: 40 minutes
Recorded on: 4/13/2022

Registrants will receive a Independent Contractor Agreement template and Worker Classification Checklist and Guide.

Independent contractor or employee? Exempt or non-exempt? How are unpaid interns and volunteers classified? What are the possible legal consequences for making a classification error? What steps should my organization take to limit the potential liability that may arise from employee misclassification?  

In light of increasing government scrutiny and a surge in classification lawsuits, employers can ill-afford to risk the consequences of failing to properly classify their workers. Indeed, whether under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or state regulations, the penalties – even if inadvertent – are severe including, but not limited to, fines (from the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, or a state agency), back payments, criminal penalties and punitive damages. Even corporate officers and supervisors may be held personally liable for misclassifying employees. 

FTLF’s Employment Law practice has devised a comprehensive program to help organizations understand their compliance obligations under the FLSA and avoid costly misclassifications errors. In this webinar, FTLF will walk you through the key distinctions between an independent contractor, exempt employee, non-exempt employee and an unpaid intern/volunteer. We will discuss how you can proactively limit your organization’s liability by managing and rectifying misclassifications. And, we will explore best practices for avoiding common misclassification pitfalls and how to incorporate those strategies into your organization’s policies and processes. 

Target Audience

  • C-Suite: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs 
  • Directors, Supervisors, Middle Managers, and Team Leaders 
  • Human Resources Professionals  
  • Risk Managers 
  • In-House Legal Counsel 

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Know the factors relied upon by federal courts and agencies in determining whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor, exempt employee or non-exempt employee  
  • Understand your organization’s compliance obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it comes to employee classifications and the potential repercussions for misclassifications 
  • Determine whether an intern or a volunteer is classified as an employee under the FLSA and, if so, what obligations are triggered by that determination 
  • Recognize the pitfalls in your organization’s current wage and hour policies and how to remedy deficiencies in those policies 
  • Know how to structure Independent Contractor Agreements to properly classify and manage your organization’s arrangements with independent contractors  
  • Formulate effective strategies to mitigate liability in the event of an agency audit or investigation 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

H. Scott Johnson Jr.

As of September 2023, H. Scott Johnson is no longer with the firm.

H. Scott Johnson Jr. is Senior Counsel with the firm in the Employment Law, Government Contracts, Litigation, Federal Grants, and Health Care practice groups. Scott maintains an active practice advising business and institutional clients on employment matters, commercial agreements, government contracts, and risk management. In addition to his corporate practice, Scott is also well-regarded for his employment and complex civil litigation practice. His complex civil litigation experience includes representing businesses in a wide variety of contract disputes and business torts including tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. 

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 Certificate of Attendance
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This webinar is closed to new enrollments. For more employment law trainings, click here.


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