Independent Contractor Misclassification Litigation: Strategies for Defending, Settling, and Minimizing Claims
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide employment counsel to defend and negotiate settlements of litigation alleging employer misclassification of independent contractors. The panel will discuss the latest trends in individual, collective, and class action worker misclassification lawsuits and best practices for establishing and maintaining independent contractor models to help employers minimize or withstand litigation.
- Independent contractor misclassification litigation trends
- Notable judgments and settlements
- Recent case law
- Common recoveries by plaintiffs: overtime pay; loss of retirement contributions, insurance, or stock options; punitive damages; attorney fees
- Litigation and settlement strategies
- Individual, collective, or class action?
- Class certification strategies
- Multidistrict litigation considerations
- Attorney fee awards
- Best practices to limit liability and minimize future claims
- Audit contractor and employee job descriptions, job duties, and functions
- Reclassify contractors as employees going forward?
- Restructure contractor relationships to reduce or eliminate employer control
- Compensate misclassified employees for past liability?
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the bases for the recent wave of independent contractor individual, collective, and class action misclassification lawsuits--and what defenses are available to employers?
- What litigation and settlement strategies have proven effective for counsel defending worker misclassification lawsuits?
- How can employers establish, defend, and maintain independent contractor models amid the increased government and worker scrutiny in this area?
Jeffrey H. Ruzal
Epstein Becker & Green
Mr. Ruzal is a member of the firm's Wage and Hour Group and Co-Leads the firm’s Hospitality Strategic... | Read More
Mr. Ruzal is a member of the firm's Wage and Hour Group and Co-Leads the firm’s Hospitality Strategic Industry Group. He represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, financial services, retail, healthcare and technology. Mr. Ruzal litigates class actions and collective actions involving a variety of employment and wage-hour issues; provides counsel on, and defends against, federal and state department of labor investigations and enforcement actions; and provides advice and management training on wage and hour compliance, reductions in force, discrimination, and other employment issues. Mr. Ruzal is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of wage and hour topics.Close
Dean L. Silverberg
Epstein Becker Green
Mr. Silverberg practices both public and private-sector labor and employment law, and is actively involved in... | Read More
Mr. Silverberg practices both public and private-sector labor and employment law, and is actively involved in employment and workplace tort litigation, labor arbitration, collective bargaining negotiations, wage and hour audits, and human resource consultation and management. He frequently writes and lectures on a range of employment law topics.Close