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Independent Contractor Liability: Your Latest Safety Risks and Obligations Explained

Independent Contractor Liability: Your Latest Safety Risks and Obligations Explained - On-Demand

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Independent Contractor Liability: Your Latest Safety Risks and Obligations Explained - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn proven strategies for minimizing costly legal risks due to unsafe independent contractor conduct on the job and at your worksite(s).

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and emerging economic sectors such as those occurring in transportation (Uber and Lyft), many businesses will 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. The “gig economy” can pose challenges to implementation of effective safety and health programs. Staffing agencies are also exposed to OSHA citations under the agency’s “multi-employer” worksite doctrine and in light of recent case law decisions.

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.

Use this on-demand webinar when safety attorney Adele Abrams will explain the potential safety risks and liability you face when using independent contractors.

Attendees of this webinar will: 

  • Identify the types of conditions that could result in safety-related liability when you hire an independent contractor or workers from a staffing agency to perform services for your organization 
  • See examples of contributory negligence and negligent entrustment—and understand the costly liability you could face as result of such claims 
  • Understand the practical impact of recent cases involving independent contractors 
  • Identify examples of “non-delegable duties” and “inherently dangerous activities” 
  • Understand OSHA-related safety requirements to follow when hiring independent contractors 
  • Learn strategies for selecting safe and dependable independent contractors
  • Be able to develop an independent contractor agreement with clear safety expectations 
  • Identify the key factors to consider when your independent contractor hires sub-contractors 
  • Learn how to limit the “mixing” of your employees and independent contractor staff on the jobsite to avoid potential risks
  • Identify the 3 types of documentation to require before you let an independent contractor perform services for your organization 
  • Learn 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:  

Adele AbramsAdele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. Adele is a member of multiple state bars and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. She also chairs the Business & Industry Division’s committee on Regulatory, Standards and Legal Affairs, and was an initial co-chair of the NSC’s Women’s Caucus. She is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and is a multiple recipient of the ASSP Safety Professional of the Year Award. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on occupational and mine safety and health, and business law.

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