Independent Contractors Outside of the US: Are you Setting Yourself Up? | Sessions

Search Schedule

Concurrent Session
Independent Contractors Outside of the US: Are you Setting Yourself Up?
In-Person Tuesday 06/13/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical) | Intended Audience: Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
This program helps employers shape their global employment policies to minimize risk while creating a predictable employment environment. 

Hiring workers as independent contractors can help employers save cost, especially when operating abroad. However, this strategy can also expose employers to serious risks. Depending on the country, misclassification of the employment status can result in severe financial penalties for the company and even criminal liabilities for the executives. This session highlights these risks in some major foreign jurisdictions where U.S. employers tend to conduct business and analyze the tests used in different countries to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or a de facto employee. We will also explore some alternatives to the traditional employment and independent contractor relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the tests used to classify employees in various jurisdictions.
  • Recognizing the potential liabilities and penalties for misclassification.
  • Identifying alternatives to traditional employment relationships.
  • Establishing best hiring practices internationally.

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view all event accessibility & accommodations details visit here.

If a speaker has provided session materials, please visit

William David Wright Photo
William David Wright, Partner,
Fisher & Phillips LLP