Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses.

We have often spoken about the need for employers to be well aware of issues surrounding the role of the Independent Contractor.

With the implementation of the Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering an amnesty of sorts. If you are an employer who has not been subject to an employment tax audit, and you are willing to reclassify workers from contractors to employees, you may want to consider this program. Take a look at Federal Employment Taxes: Employee-Independent Contractor Issues (Part 4) on the JD Supra website —it could ease a lot of future headaches.

Firing an employee is seldom easy and rarely pleasant for both employer and employee.

For the employer, understanding the issues of protected class, company policies, and benefit entitlements are critical when it is time to end the relationship. Christopher Millard writes a quick but concise summary of the process in 3 Important Issues To Consider When Firing A Company Employee.

TLNT is hosting a Workplace Harassment Summit on January 28, 2018. Laurie Ruettimann will be the keynote speaker of the conference, which features Gretchen Carlson.

What struck me about the post on the TLNT website was the cop-out comment from an employer featured in the article, “I promise you that we listen to our employees… but I can’t comment due to personnel and privacy laws.” Calling all HR Professionals: The workplace is changing and so is your world. Read It’s Time to Talk About What HR Can Do About Sexual Harassment to learn more about this upcoming event.