Worker Classification in the Age of Business Disruption and the Gig Economy

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
Innovation in work and business practice can have implications for even the most fundamental HR practices.

Every day another business sector is being "Uberized" or disrupted by a startup linking buyers with on-demand services through technological platforms. The implications for workers are profound, and the landscape changes quickly. This lively session discusses the perils of worker misclassification in the gig economy.  Technology has streamlined business, but have the legal standards for classifying workers kept up?  The program discusses recent case law on worker classification and other statutory developments related to the gig economy under local, state and federal law.  It will help you spot the misclassified worker and implement creative strategies to reduce or avoid misclassification liability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to apply legal standards for classifying independent contractors and exempt employees in the workplace.
  • Learn how and whether new technology and new business concepts (such as the "gig economy") have changed the legal standards for determining worker classification.
  • Learn how to develop and communicate strategies to avoid or reduce misclassification liability.
  • Learn how to communicate with executive management on classification issues to reduce legal liability.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Brenda S. Kasper, SHRM-SCP, SPHR-CA


Brenda S. Kasper is a founding member of Kasper & Frank LLP, a law firm representing California and multi-state employers for all of their human resources and employment law needs.  She regularly advises employers of all sizes on wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, reductions in force, terminations and discipline management, employment contracts, personnel policies, and hiring issues.  She also provides management and human resources training.  Brenda is a former HR director so her legal advice is practical, creative and tailored to each client’s needs.  She was the 2015 San Diego SHRM Board President, is an instructor for the HR Certification program at the University of California San Diego Extension and holds her SHRM-SCP and SPHR-California certifications.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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