Classifying Workers Correctly – Can They be a Contractor? Exempt Employee? Yes, it Does Matter!
Laura Garofalo, employment attorney, will explain:
• Why misclassifying a worker as a contractor creates BIG risk
• Who can be classified as a contractor
• Who can be classified as an exempt employee
• What companies have to do for non-exempt employees
• Tips on how to avoid inadvertently turning exempt employees into non-exempt employees
About Laura Garofalo
Laura Garofalo is a trusted legal and business advisor with a unique perspective and understanding of employment law issues and their impact on business operations. She has been an employment attorney since 2005, and has dedicated her practice to the management side. After law school, Laura worked as an Associate in the Labor & Employment group of one of the country's largest law firms, where she represented companies in litigation and agency proceedings; advised them on state and federal employment laws, employee relations issues, and their Human Resources policies and practices; and prepared and conducted trainings on a variety of employment law topics. Laura subsequently went in-house, working as Vice President, Sr. Employment Counsel for a Fortune 500 company. There she counseled Human Resources and management on employment-related issues, practices, and projects; investigated and resolved high-risk employee complaints; developed and conducted trainings; prepared Human Resources policies and guidelines; and managed employment litigation. In 2018, Laura opened her own practice, keeping her focus on helping employers create and maintain a respectful workplace and avoid employment litigation. Prior to attending law school, Laura worked as a Human Resources professional and earned her M.B.A.