Is your 1099 worker really an employee?

With the rise of the “gig economy” the distinction between independent contractors and employees has become more confusing for small business owners and legally more contentious in many jurisdictions. But there are far-ranging implications for employers and employees in terms of worker rights, compensation, taxation and much more.

Employers that mis-classify their workers face financial penalties and other legal ramifications. Learn the difference between an employee and an independent contractor to better understand how to identify, mitigate and manage risks in your worker arrangements.

Jason Gabbard is the founder & CEO of JUSTLAW, a NYC-based public benefit corporation on a mission to fix law for America’s more than 30 million small businesses.   

Prior to JUSTLAW, Jason was the founder and chief executive officer of Counselytics, a New York City-based AI company focused on contract intelligence.  Counselytics was acquired by Conga in 2018. 

Jason is an attorney admitted to the New York and Kentucky bar associations. Jason began his career with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he worked on a variety of transactions,including IPOs, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, and debt issuances.  After Cravath, Jason worked in London for Morgan Stanley’s MSREF private equity fund.Jason is an active angel investor, having invested in such companies as AirBnb and Space-X.


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