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Independent Contractor Liability: Your Latest Safety Risks And Obligations Explained

Webinar: ID# 1022786
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About This Course:
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and emerging economic sectors such as those occurring in transportation (Uber and Lyft), businesses will have to make greater use of independent contractors, subsequently blurring the traditional definition of “employment.”

As a result, the Department of Labor and many states are responding with legislation and administrative actions to crack down on businesses and impose a greater share of the liability for the acts or omissions of their independent contractors.

As more organizations hire independent contractors to deal with economic, staffing, and business challenges, and typical duties including janitorial duties, building construction and renovation, production, security, and maintenance, it’s important to understand the risk of liability your organization could face if those workers aren’t properly trained on safety protocols.

In theory, independent contractors should be held accountable for their activities, including safety, but the fact is, liability can transfer or be shared with the company that’s hired them.

Join us for an in-depth webinar when safety attorney Courtney Malveaux will explain the potential safety risks and liability you face when using independent contractors.

Learning Objectives
  • The types of conditions that could result in safety-related liability when you hire an independent contractor to perform services for your organization
  • Examples of contributory negligence and negligent entrustment, and the costly liability you could face as result of such claims
  • The practical impact of recently filed and/or decided cases involving independent contractors
  • Examples of “non-delegable duties” and “inherently dangerous activities”
  • OSHA-related safety requirements to follow when hiring independent contractors
  • Tips on how to select safe and dependable independent contractors
  • The types of safety expectations to include in your independent contractor agreements
  • Key factors to consider when your independent contractor hires sub-contractors
  • How to limit the “mixing” of your employees and independent contractor staff on the jobsite to avoid potential risks
  • 3 types of documentation to require before you let an independent contractor perform services for your organization
  • Why it’s important to ensure that the independent contractor has a process in place for providing first aid and medical care to its workers
Register now for proven suggestions on how to minimize your legal risks and liabilities by ensuring that contractual agreements, expectations, performance requirements, and expectations are in place before work begins!

About Your Presenter

Courtney Malveaux, Esq.
Director
Thompson McMullan, P.C.

Courtney Malveaux is a Director at Thompson McMullan, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Malveaux served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry through October 2013 and is a Past President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials. Now Mr. Malveaux helps to shape OSHA policy as the industrial employer representative on the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board.

Mr. Malveaux represents employers in regulatory matters, employment and business litigation and government relations. Mr. Malveaux authored an article published in the University of Richmond Law Review titled “OSHA Enforcement of the ‘As Effective As’ Standard for State Plans: Serving Process or People?’ He is a frequent presenter on labor and employment law issues.
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