The distinction between whether an individual is classified as an employee or an independent contractor can affect business owners in a variety of ways, including how employers withhold a variety of taxes. Misclassification of an individual may result in a number of costly legal consequences. To provide more information and answer questions related to employee misclassification and employment laws, Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will address the employee versus independent contractor classification issue at the Nov. 4 meeting of UNET, United Community Association Networking. The presentation begins at 4 p.m. followed by cocktails, networking and dinner and is held at Myerlee Manor at 1499 Brandywine Circle in Fort Myers. To register, visit

Schwinn will provide attendees with what they need to know about employment law related to independent contractors including:
• the economic realities test analysis that is used to examine independent contractor relations;
• are you paying workers under the table? Think again!
• whether written agreements really mean anything in the eyes of the government;
• changes on the horizon in employment law;
• costly consequences;
• potential penalties that may arise as a result of misclassification; and
• why the law favors the finding of an employment relationship.

Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or

Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.