Independent Contractors & Joint Employer Issues – What HR Professionals Need to Know!

Monday 2:45 – 4:00 PM

Session Description

This session will review the varying tests for determining whether someone is an independent contractor under federal and state laws, and best practices to balancing the need for quality control while minimizing exposure to joint employer liability.



Jody Boquist

Jody Boquist is the Office Managing Shareholder of Littler’s Chicago office. She represents employers nationwide in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Among her notable litigation successes, Jody has served as lead counsel in appeal proceedings before several U.S. Courts of Appeals which ruled in favor of the employer clients in those matters. Those appeals involved a variety of issues, including motions to compel mandatory arbitration, race discrimination, and age discrimination. Jody also counsels employers on a broad range of employment issues including, employment terminations, sexual harassment investigations, reductions-in-force, workplace violence, family and medical leaves, and personnel policies and procedures. Jody is one of the founding members of Littler’s Chicago office established in 1997. She currently serves on Littler’s Good Business Practices Committee and previously served as associate general counsel for the firm.

Amanda Inskeep

Amanda Inskeep is an Associate in Littler’s Chicago office. She advises and represents employers in a variety of areas related to labor and employment issues, including state and federal anti-discrimination, employee leave entitlement, wage and hour laws, and restrictive covenant-related issues. Amanda received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow of the Northern District of Illinois. She also was Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy.