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David Hughen speaks at “Texas Leadership Education and Diversity Conference” on August 12th, 2017

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David Hughen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Austin HR, will be speaking at the 2017 Prospanica “Texas Leadership Education and Diversity Conference” on August 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Concordia University hosts this year’s event, the 15th Annual Professional Development Conference. Prospanica is a non-profit organization with the mission to…

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What is the technical or otherwise common definition of an employee’s termination date? Is it the date the on which the termination occurs or the last date the employee performed work?

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Typically, the termination date is the day that the actual termination occurred. It may or may not coincide with the final day of work, depending on the circumstances.  For example, many companies have a no-call, no-show provision in their attendance policy (e.g., three days of no-call, no-show will result in…

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We want to hire an administrative assistant. Can we classify this person as an independent contractor during a 90-day try-out period and then, if they work out, hire them as a full-time employee at the end of the 90 days?

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The short answer is no. It’s highly unlikely that an administrative assistant would meet the criteria for classification as an independent contractor. The IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor, along with state agencies, have specific criteria for determining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. These…

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