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Uber, Lyft and other “Gig Economy” businesses have experienced huge success in the new millennium. A big part of the reason why is that they classify a large majority of their workers as independent contractors. But that business model is in danger. Many states are attacking the worker classification model, asking courts to mandate that their workers, usually drivers, are classified as employees.
If so, it would do you well to understand the independent contractor rules and regulations and the simplified tests involved in classification. On the federal side, you can request a determination that prevents auditors from reclassifying your workers for you. There are also provisions that limit your liability if you want to reclassify them yourself.
You will learn how to take a critical look at your independent contractors, helping you determine who you should put on your payroll instead. You will learn about independent contractor agreement, and what states are joining forces for mandatory employment vs those that grant more freedom to employers.
You will be given best practices for protecting yourself from auditors and employees who find themselves wanting the safety nets provided by Unemployment Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance. Mostly, you will come away armed with the knowledge that, when ignored, results in the bankruptcy of otherwise vibrant companies.
Years of Experience: 15+ years
Areas of Expertise: Payroll Processing and Payroll Tax Issues
Mark Schwartz is an employment tax specialist and has over 15 years of employment tax experience as an independent consultant and as a payroll tax auditor with the State of California. He has managed an audit caseload of 20 ongoing audits, from small home-based businesses to large multi-national corporations. He is expert at defining regulatory and statutory requirements from local, State and Federal government agencies; and helping the average business person understand what that mean to their business. He has processed weekly and bi-weekly payroll checks plus tax forms for businesses with hourly as well as exempt workers, multistate operations and a wide variety of benefits.
Mr. Schwartz provides consulting services encompassing payroll processing and payroll tax issues. These include payroll tax minimization, payroll tax compliance reviews, independent contractor studies, use of electronic transfers, deductions, benefits, etc. Markhas represented both clients and the State in front of the State Appeals Board. He understands the complexities of local wage laws, unemployment and disability claims, and other wage and benefit issues affecting your employees.
Mark prides himself on his outstanding customer service skills. He listens attentively to his clientele, helping them bridge the gap between the small business world and Government bureaucracy. He eagerly assists with clients needs, and feels that educating clients toward faster, accurate and more complete payroll processes provides the most value.
Mark is a participating member of the American Payroll Association. He earned his BA and MBA in Finance at Santa Clara University. He has held Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Investment and Derivatives Auditor Credentials. Mark is currently pursuing a Certified Payroll Fundamentals Credential with the American Payroll Association.View all trainings by this speaker