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Misclassification is a pain point in a variety of industries, especially those that utilize owner-operator workforces. Everyone knows they want to avoid a misclassification claim, but few understand exactly what that means. The term “misclassification” represents a broad spectrum of legal woes. It might include workers’ compensation claims, unemployment claims, civil action claims, Department of Labor claims, and many other types of claims at various levels of government. Differences in state and federal laws further complicate the issue.

Openforce’s Chief Executive Officer Wendy Greenland and Chief Compliance Officer Deborah Stevens will provide a blueprint for jumpstarting risk mitigation. They will discuss the types of misclassification claims and how they affect owner-operator workforces. You will also receive information on how such claims are changing based on a regulatory and economic landscape that is shifting because of AB5, the ABC test, and more. Attend this session to:

  • Gain an overview of the most recent state and federally proposed and passed 1099 workforce laws
  • Understand the complex nature of “misclassification” and the broad spectrum of legal woes under this designation
  • How to implement a comprehensive overarching strategy that safeguards your business against the most common claims for your industry

MEET THE SPEAKERS

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    Wendy Greenland

    CEO
    OpenForce

    Wendy Greenland, CEO, brings more than 30 years of experience and leadership to Openforce. Her focus is on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth. Within Openforce, she drives the mission of the organization to connect independent contractors and the companies that need them through the smartest technology ecosystem for contingent workforces worldwide. Through her leadership, Openforce is well-positioned at the forefront of developing the technology that empowers the fast-paced transportation owner-operator economy to thrive.

    Outside of Openforce, Wendy sits on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Technology and Women (ATW) and the National Home Delivery Association. She is also active within Women in Trucking.

    Prior to Openforce, Wendy spent 25 years in technology companies and most recently was the COO at InfinityHR, which she helped position for acquisition by Arcoro in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Grand Canyon State University and is a certified master trainer with the Miller Heiman Group.

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    Deborah Stevens

    Chief Compliance Officer
    Openforce

    Deborah Stevens is a leading authority on managing contingent workforces and creating legally defensible work environments. As Chief Compliance Officer at Openforce, she is responsible for overseeing the independent contractor compliance efforts and the Risk Management team. With a proven track record of quality-focused leadership in the transportation industry, she has come full circle in the legal arena, from serving as a paralegal in the U.S. Air Force managing contract law efforts to spending the last 15 years dedicated to 1099 workforce compliance and defense.

    Most recently, Stevens was the Vice President of Quality Assurance for OnTrac Logistics. Her primary responsibility was managing and defending all aspects of the independent contractor model program. She created and implemented all of the tools, training, and resources necessary to ensure the company and its employees ran the contractor program in a legally defensible manner.

    Additionally, Stevens developed the contracting process from inception with the help of outside counsel to implementation of the onboarding process with IC business partners, as well as the monitoring of contractor compliance. In her role, she represented the company in hundreds of depositions, misclassification hearings, settlement conferences, lawsuits and small claims hearings as a company representative and witness.

    With more than 20 years of experience in developing and presenting training materials on various risk mitigation topics, Stevens provides Openforce and its partners with improved knowledge on contractor compliance efforts and ensures all stakeholders are up to date on the ever-changing contractor legal environment.