Park Avenue Presentations

Independent Contractors, Student Interns or Employees: How to Properly Classify Your Workers and Comply with the Law

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm ET

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Deirdre Kamber Todd, Esq

Register for Live Webinar: $219
Register for Live Webinar Plus Recording Download: $329

Register for Live Webinar Plus CD (includes shipping and handling): $369


Special Feature: If you register for this webinar and cannot attend, you will be able to access a one-time instant replay without charge for up to 90 days after the date of the webinar.

Bonus for Each Registrant:The webinar speaker will answer one written question that you may submit by email within one week after the webinar.




Webinar Description

Saving money on personnel costs is a goal of every business. Today, many organizations have turned to independent contractors and interns to do work that was formerly done by employees. While this approach can result in substantial savings in onboarding and employment costs, it also carries substantial risks. The IRS and state governments are aggressively pursuing companies that misclassify employees. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors or interns can lead to audits, penalties, fines, back taxes, owed wages and overtime and costly enrollment in employee benefit plans. An organization can also be subject to negative publicity and the significant legal costs of defending government actions and lawsuits by workers who believe they should have been counted as employees.


Next summer’s hiring season has started, and if you plan to hire student interns, you won’t want to miss this timely and informative webinar.  Learn about major lawsuits brought against employers, such as Warner Music, The Hearst Corporation and Coach, Inc., that misclassified employees as interns.


Employment attorney Deirdre Kamber Todd will instruct you on the proper classification of independent contractors and student interns so that you can avoid the serious consequences of misclassification.  Attend this webinar to learn the latest legal and regulatory developments in this critical employment area.



  1. What is an independent contractor?

  2. How do independent contractors differ from employees?

  3. The IRS test to determine independent contractor status

  4. The U.S. Department of Labor’s test

  5. The U.S. Supreme Court's test

  6. Classification under state law

  7. How to avoid turning an intern into an employee

  8. Hot topics:

    • non-competes

    • negligent hiring

    • settling misclassification lawsuits and regulatory actions

  9. Latest legal and regulatory developments


Continuing HRCI Credit Information

This program has been pre-approved for 1.5 hours of General recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute. Use of the seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Continuing SHRM Credit

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Park Avenue Presentations is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


Continuing Legal Education Credit Information

This webinar has been approved in the following states for continuing legal education credit by  The Marino Legal Academy:

California: 1.5 credit hours

The Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 credit hours of participatory CLE credit.

New Jersey: 1.5 credit hours

This webinar has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.5 CLE credit hours.

New York: 1.5 areas of professional practice credit hours

This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for veteran attorneys for 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.50 credit hours may be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice.

Pennsylvania: 1.5 credit hours

This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.


To receive CLE credit for this webinar in those states, please request such credit by writing  Your request will be forwarded to The Marino Legal Academy for processing.


CLE credit for this webinar may also be awarded in a number of other jurisdictions. For more information, please contact a Marino Legal Academy legal education consultant at (212) 249-3779,x104.



This event will be presented live with a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed on your computer. You may listen to the audio of the webinar by telephone or through your computer. The PowerPoint slides will be provided shortly before the event. Once you register, you will receive an email which is your receipt and which includes your instructions for dialing in and logging on. You will also receive an email reminder 24 hours before the webinar.