The Gig Economy and You: Employment Law Implications for the Future of the Workforce

Wednesday 10:15 – 11:15 AM

Session Description

The gig economy—in which employees work multiple temporary assignments, sometimes simultaneously, and employers contract with independent workers for short-term projects—is on the rise. Studies predict that by 2020, up to 40 percent of American workers could be independent contractors. The gig economy raises a host of legal issues for employers, ranging from independent contractor arrangements that can be questioned in costly class litigation, to audits by the Department of Labor or the IRS, to confidentiality and non-competition concerns, to joint employer issues and indemnification. This interactive session will cover the most common legal issues facing employers in the gig economy and best practices for the future of the workplace.

Susan Bassford Wilson, Esq.

Susan focuses on management-side employment law, particularly on counseling and litigation prevention for technology, transportation, healthcare and retail companies. She handles a wide range of employment matters in federal and state courts across Missouri and Illinois, as well as successfully representing employers in mediation and administrative matters before the EEOC, NLRB, MCHR and IDHR.