Maurer - It's time for the talk How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as independent contractors

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How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as independent contractors

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Maurer - It's time for the talk How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as independent contractors

  1. 1. Jaime A. Maurer Roetzel & Andress 2320 First Street Fort Myers, FL 33901 Phone : 239.337.3850 Email : jmaurer@ralaw.com It’s Time For “The Talk”
  2. 2. How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as independent contractors?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Classification matters </li></ul><ul><li>The IRS’ 20 factor test </li></ul><ul><li>Three main areas of focus </li></ul><ul><li>Increased enforcement against misclassification </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as independent contractors?
  4. 4. How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as exempt under the FLSA?
  5. 5. How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as exempt under the FLSA? <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>(i) how much the employee is paid (“salary level”) </li></ul><ul><li>(ii) how the employee is paid (“salary basis”) </li></ul><ul><li>(iii) what kind of work the employee does (“job duties”) </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do I avoid misclassifying personnel as exempt under the FLSA? <ul><li>Pointers for the “White Collar” Exemptions </li></ul><ul><li>Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative </li></ul><ul><li>Learned Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul><ul><li>There’s an app for that </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do I avoid a retaliation claim (and who can bring such a claim)?
  8. 8. How do I avoid a retaliation claim (and who can bring such a claim)? <ul><li>Thompson v. N. Am. Stainless LP </li></ul><ul><li>(U.S. Supreme Court- Jan. 24, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>The facts </li></ul><ul><li>The ruling </li></ul><ul><li>The impact </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who is the decisionmaker for Title VII discrimination claims?
  10. 10. Who is the decisionmaker for Title VII discrimination claims? <ul><li>Staub v. Proctor Hospital (U.S. Supreme Court- March 1, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>The facts </li></ul><ul><li>The ruling </li></ul><ul><li>The impact </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is there such a thing as an “informal” wage and hour complaint?
  12. 12. Is there such a thing as an “informal” wage and hour complaint? <ul><li>Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics </li></ul><ul><li>(U.S. Supreme Ct.- March 22, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>The facts </li></ul><ul><li>The ruling </li></ul><ul><li>The impact </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  13. 13. What makes someone a Whistleblower?
  14. 14. What makes someone a Whistleblower? <ul><li>Private sector </li></ul><ul><li>( Sections 448.101- 448.105, Florida Statutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector </li></ul><ul><li>(Sections 112.3187- 112.31895, Florida Statutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  15. 15. Who is not disabled under the ADAAA?
  16. 16. Who is not disabled under the ADAAA? <ul><li>Change in approach </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded definition of disability </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  17. 17. What should an employer do to comply with GINA?
  18. 18. What should an employer do to comply with GINA? <ul><li>What is genetic information? </li></ul><ul><li>Can an employer legally obtain genetic information? </li></ul><ul><li>EEOC’s suggested language when making requests for medical information </li></ul><ul><li>The No-Nos </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  19. 19. What sort of information is private information in the employer/employee context? In other words, what belongs to the employee vs. what sort of information can the employer access and act upon?
  20. 20. What sort of information is private information in the employer/employee context? <ul><li>Holmes v. Petrovich Dev. Co. (Cal. Ct. App.- Jan. 13, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. v. Rodriguez (11 th Circuit- Dec. 27, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Frew v. Tolt Tech Service (Middle District of Fla.- Feb. 11, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Lochin v. Verizon Florida LLC (Middle District of Fla.- Oct. 15, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co., Inc. (U.S.- June 17, 2010) </li></ul>
  21. 21. How do I approach what applicants or my employees do on facebook, twitter, etc.?
  22. 22. How do I approach what applicants or my employees do on facebook, twitter, etc.? <ul><li>A few stories </li></ul><ul><li>American Medical Response (NLRB- Settled Feb. 7, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Practices and procedures for using social media when screening applicants </li></ul><ul><li>Employees’ use of social networking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Social media policy essentials </li></ul>

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