BLOOMBERG BNA WEBINAR EVENT: Contingent Workers and Legal Risks to Employer Benefit Plans
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
There are millions of contract workers in the U.S. today, working in various industries. Notwithstanding an improving economy, companies often continue to favor a “no strings attached” approach when hiring workers, which provides flexibility in staffing without the significant long-term financial commitment usually involved when hiring a regular full-time workforce. The advent of universal health care coverage has increased interest in alternatives to regular full-time workers. This program is designed to help employers avoid costly mistakes when they choose to have a contingent workforce.
Companies that fail to properly structure the arrangement that governs the use of a contingent workforce will most likely face significant financial and legal risks, including claims for benefits filed by these workers. The faculty for this program will identify the circumstances under which companies are susceptible to such claims, discuss how the courts have addressed such claims, and recommend the steps companies might want to take to reduce their exposure to such claims. Join us to learn how proper planning in the handling of a contingent workforce can minimize liability risk for companies and place them in a strong defensive position should a benefits claim from a contingent worker arise.
- Understand the benefit issues that arise in connection with the use of independent contractors, leased employees, seasonal or part-time workers, and workers who are hired through a professional employer organization (PEO).
- Learn how courts have analyzed various legal theories and defenses involved in cases wherein contingent workers either individually or in class actions asserted benefit claims.
- Be apprised of planning techniques employers should use to minimize potential liability exposure and successfully defend themselves in litigation.
- Hear of recent state and federal legislative developments that may affect employer use of contingent workers.
- Learn of recent trends governing the use of contingent workers.
Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Benefits and human resource executives and managers, in-house counsel, corporate and employment attorneys.
Program Level: Advanced.
Credit Available: This program’s CLE-credit eligibility varies by state.