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Independent Contractor Test: Everything You Need to Know


Avoid lawsuits and learn how to navigate the complex rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The independent contractor test is used to determine if a business is responsible for the employee under a myriad of laws. "To paraphrase a literary master undoubtedly schooled in Plato, 'a rose is a rose; it does not lose its fragrance, or thorns, simply by changing its name.'" - Miller Paper Co. (Texas Court of Appeals). Historically, employers attempt to shield themselves from Federal and State laws by calling employees independent contractors or contract workers. This presentation will provide a few simple tools to help you not get stabbed by a thorn.



Howard L. Steele, Jr., Esq.

Howard L. Steele, Jr., Esq.

Steele Law Group PLLC

  • Broad range of litigation experience with a particular emphasis in employment and intellectual property litigation
  • Experience includes employment litigation, technology/internet litigation, intellectual property litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, commercial litigation, Qui Tam litigation, and insurance coverage litigation
  • Regular guest speaker for companies and law schools on employment law and workplace training
  • Prior to forming Steele Law Group, he founded Steele Sturm, PLLC, and practiced in the labor and employment and litigation sections of the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw, and was a partner at Caldwell & Clinton, PLLC
  • Honored with selection to Best Lawyers in America, recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine and the Texas Lawyer since 2007, recognized by Forbes for his trade secret and noncompete practice, recognized as one of the best labor & employment attorneys in Houston by H Magazine, and recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in intellectual property law
  • LL.M. degree in intellectual property law, and J.D. degree, The University of Houston Law Center; B.A. degree in political science, Baylor University; B.A. degree in government, The University of Texas at Dallas

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