• March 2024 Deadline: Understanding DOL's New Independent Contractor Classification Rule
  • March 2024 Deadline: Understanding DOL's New Independent Contractor Classification Rule

    • Speaker : Margie Faulk
    • Session Code : MF2924
    • Date : 29th February 2024
    • Time : This Event is Over and the Recorded Content is Available
    • Duration : 90 Mins



The upcoming 2024 Independent Contractor Rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) marks a pivotal shift in labor laws, impacting employers and gig workers significantly. Set to take effect on March 11, 2024, this rule addresses the ambiguities in worker classification exacerbated by the gig economy's growth. It reintroduces a nuanced approach to determining worker status, transitioning from the simplified "core factor" test to a more comprehensive "economic reality" test.


Historically, worker classification relied on various economic factors, often leading to confusion and inconsistent enforcement. The prior rule simplified this by focusing on the degree of control over work and the opportunity for profit or loss. Critics, however, felt this simplified modern work complexities, leaving workers vulnerable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


The DOL's new rule employs a six-factor analysis without predetermined weighting, providing a detailed examination of work relationships. This approach signifies a shift towards more employee-centric protections, potentially increasing business scrutiny over hiring practices.


This webinar delves into the DOL's return to a multifaceted analysis framework, addressing the critical challenge of distinguishing between independent contractors and employees within the gig economy. It aims to guide businesses through the gray areas of worker classification, offering insights to ensure compliance and mitigate misclassification's legal and financial consequences.


Areas covered during the session:


  • Learn how the Independent Contractor Rule will impact Employers and Independent Contractors
  • Learn why it is confusing to determine and define the requirements for IC status.
  • Learn about examples of employee vs Independent Contractors case studies.
  • Learn how different this new rule is from the previous rule.
  • Learn what the “proposed rules” include, and which proposal can make challenges for Employers and agents of employers like professionals involved in employee relations.
  • Learn what the penalties are for violating classification regulations by the DOL, NLRB and IRS.
  • Learn how the business communities are opposed to the new DOL Rule
  • Learn what the best practices are when classifying employee vs independent contractors.
  • Learn how long Employers have to put the new rule in place.
  • Learn how Employers can effectively mitigate the proposed regulations.


Why should you attend?


Worker misclassification can result in significant legal challenges, including lawsuits and regulatory penalties. This webinar equips attendees with the knowledge to correctly classify workers according to the DOL’s revised criteria, reducing legal risks and potential penalties.


The transition to a detailed analysis for worker classification requires a strategic approach to managing your workforce within the gig economy. Learn how the six-factor totality test impacts your business and how to adjust your practices to comply with the new standards.

This session is more than a regulatory overview; it's a proactive toolkit to align your employment practices with the latest labor laws, ensuring your business not only complies with but thrives under the new rule.


Who should attend?


  • Employers and Business Owners
  • HR Professionals
  • Legal Advisors and Employment Lawyers
  • Employee Relations Specialists
  • Independent Contractors

Prepare to adapt to the DOL's 2024 Independent Contractor Rule by joining us for a comprehensive analysis of its implications, best practices for compliance, and strategies to mitigate potential challenges.

Margie Faulk is a senior level human resources professional with over 15 years of HR management and compliance experience. A current Compliance Advisor for HR Compliance Solutions, LLC, Margie, has worked as an HR Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors.  Margie has provided small to large businesses with risk management strategies that protect companies and reduces potential workplace fines and penalties from violation of employment regulations. Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural.

Margie’s area of expertise includes Criminal Background Screening Policies and auditing, I-9 document correction and storage compliance, Immigration compliance, employee handbook development, policy development, sexual harassment investigations/certified training, SOX regulations, payroll compliance, compliance consulting, monitoring US-based federal, state and local regulations, employee relations issues, internal investigations, HR management, compliance consulting, internal/external audits, and performance management.

Margie is a speaker and accomplished trainer and has created and presented compliance seminars/webinars for over 16 US and International compliance institutes. Margie has testified as a compliance subject matter expert (SME) for several regulatory agencies and against regulatory agencies, thank goodness not on the same day. Margie offers compliance training to HR professionals, business owners, and leadership to ensure compliance with workplace and regulations.

Margie’s unique training philosophy includes providing free customized tools for all attendees. These tools are customized and have been proven to be part an effective risk management strategy. Some of the customized tools include the I-9 Self Audit. Correction and Storage program, Ban the Box Decision Matrix Policy that Employers can provide in a dispute for allegations, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance Guide, Drug-Free Workplace Volatile Termination E-Book and other compliance program tools when attendees register and attend Margie’s trainings.

Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. Margie is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).

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