Employee vs. Independent Contractor: What You Need to Know | Houston Center SBDC

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Houston Center SBDC, 1455 West Loop South Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027
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Hiring an independent contractor or a new employee for your business is an important decision.  Many business owners find the idea of using contract labor instead of full or part time employees very attractive in terms of cost savings, flexibility, and ease of separation.  Before you make any decisions on how to classify, make sure to attend this information packed session where you will discover the guidelines you need to follow in order to comply with the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Texas Workforce Commission standards determining a worker's employment status. Making sure you understand the difference between hourly non-exempt employees and independent contractors is a critical decision in classifying workers that has huge tax and penalty consequences for you and your business.


  • Proposed new guidelines from DOL on independent contractors
  • How to avoid unexpected taxes, penalties, and audits from the DOL, IRS, and TWC
  • Gig workers and caregivers - the trend for 2022 as independent contractors or employees
  • Tips for protecting your business when hiring independent contractors



Carol P. Keough, Managing Attorney/Owner, Keough Law Firm, PLLC

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Satisfactory meeting room temperatures are difficult to maintain. Always bring a sweater or jacket to ensure comfort.

No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the workshop.

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Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Houston Center SBDC at (713) 752-8488 for accommodations, or if you have questions about this class.