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This training will provide participants with an overview of The Fair Labor Standards Act and how to mitigate the risk of employee misclassification.

Why you should Attend

Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is a serious matter. This is a common mistake that many organizations make which could have significant legal and financial repercussions including back taxes, fines, and penalties from regulators. Federal and State authorities are aggressively pursuing enforcement actions related to worker misclassification and therefore organizations must know the difference between an employee versus an independent contractor. Intentional acts of misclassification could even result in an organization being investigated for payroll fraud, litigators filing class action lawsuits, and even criminal charges that could result in jail time.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • An overview of the standard definition of an employee versus an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • How to recognize if a worker is Misclassified.
  • Immediate steps employers should take when they recognize a worker has been misclassified in their organization.
  • Best practices to avoid misclassifying workers.
  • The legal, tax, and benefit differences between an independent contractor versus an employee.
  • The financial and legal consequences of misclassifying workers.

Who Will Benefit

  • All Employers
  • Business Owners
  • Company Leadership
  • All Levels of HR
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Employers in All industries
  • Small Business Owners

Speaker Profile

Racquel L. Harris is a Business Strategist and Human Resources Consultant at R. L. Harris & Associates, LLC. Racquel has 25 years of Executive level experience in Human Resources and earned two certifications in Human Resources (PHR, and SHRM-CP) and certification in Risk Management (CRMC).

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University. Racquel has a full and comprehensive understanding of how important training is to an organization. She has a high aptitude for strategic planning and execution which she implemented while she was President of the Michiana Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. Under her leadership, the organization achieved the prestigious Chapter of the Year Award from the Indiana State Council of The Society for Human Resources Management. Racquel is an expert in Labor Relations, Federal and State employment laws, and strategically aligning human resources with organizational goals.

She has a demonstrated ability to use data and statistics to solve problems. Racquel is recognized in the community as a servant leader which has earned her numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Drum Major award presented by former Mayor Jeff Rea, The “40 under 40” recognition by the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, The Seven Seals Award by the ESGR, and the Michiana Chapter Society for Human Resources Management 2010 Leader of the Year.