Motor carriers and private fleets are easy targets for audits and lawsuits challenging whether an owner-operator is an employee or an independent contractor, potentially subjecting motor carriers to significant penalties if the owner-operator is determined to be an employee. This webinar will provide an overview of the applicable tests used to determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor. This webinar will also discuss the regulations applicable to owner-operator lease agreements and give practical pointers for effectively contracting and interacting with owner-operators in daily operations to help avoid coming out on the wrong side of the employee vs. independent contractor analysis.

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1628533561-ca7b87d7a0bb5e97 Andrew Stephenson, Esq.

Seasoned civil litigator, trial lawyer and passionate advocate. Andrew T. Stephenson, a senior principal at Franklin & Prokopik, has fought for corporations facing civil lawsuits involving catastrophic losses for two decades. Andrew’s impressive record of favorable outcomes extends to all of his practice areas including construction, commercial transportation, paratransit, intentional torts, premises liability, products liability and insurance coverage.

1628533583-742c112900d9343c Renee Bowen, Esq.

Throughout her time at F&P, Renee Bowen has gained experience in a variety of areas, including premises liability, employment law, and general liability defense within the trucking and transportation industry. In addition to her active trucking and transportation litigation practice, Renee prepares various transportation contracts, including transportation services agreements and equipment leases and assists clients with issues related to regulatory compliance. As part of her regulatory compliance practice, Renee advises clients on compliance with WMATC regulations and assists them with resolving issues of non-compliance pending before the Commission, and, when appropriate, litigates matters on their behalf. Renee also practices in the areas of commercial litigation and landlord/tenant.

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