"Get ready for an intense new round in the long-running fight over which workers are independent contractors... The IRS is taking a closer look at companies that use contractors." — BusinessWeek
The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act identifies the need for companies to comply with regulations regarding how they classify independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has signed agreements with a majority of States in the Union to enforce this act. Non-compliance may result in significant fines & penalties. In addition to the assessment of heavy penalties, companies found to be non-compliant are required to display prominently on the company website – for an entire year – a notification stating that, among other things, the company "has committed a serious violation of the law by engaging in the willful misclassification of employees." (This is being referred to as the "Scarlet Letter".)
Nickel Consulting can help you prevent
costly fines, penalties and back wages.
You can have peace of mind by qualifying Independent Contractors working with your company, which places you in a position of compliance with this act and various State laws, (ex: Senate Bill 459 in California). Through documented classification of these workers, your company will be protected from potential financial expense and professional damage.
We have been assisting with qualification of independent contractors on a national level since the passing of SB459 at the beginning of 2012. Our experience working with HR professionals, along with well-developed organizational and management skills enable us to offer a tailor-made plan specific to the needs of your company. Also offered are effective group training sessions that explain what is needed to achieve compliance with this law and why it's important. We understand that there is often a stress reaction that accompanies any qualification process. Therefore, we approach your associates with a respectful, informative, and upbeat interaction style that encourages comfort and cooperation.
We are most happy to answer any questions you may have about why you should choose to work with Nickel Consulting. We look forward to hearing from you.
Deborah Nickel & Associates
Deborah Nickel, MA