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We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Unemployment Insurance Claim and Department of Labor Audit

Employers must classify workers as employees or as independent contractors. When a worker is classified as an independent contractor, the employer withholds no taxes and issues a 1099 at the end of the year. Because the worker is considered self-employed, the worker pays taxes on his or her own.

Employers must withhold taxes from wages paid to employees. New York law also requires employers pay unemployment-insurance taxes, which are used to fund the state’s unemployment insurance system. Misclassifying employees as independent contractors leads to a labor audit. A labor audit is an intensive process that looks for violations beyond misclassification of employees. Each violation comes with substantial penalties.

The difference between employees and independent contractors

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines employees as workers who perform services that the business controls. A worker is considered an employee even if the employee has discretion and freedom of action. What matters is that the employer has the right to control the details of how work is performed.

On the other hand, the IRS defines an independent contractor as a worker who performs work not controlled by the employer. The employer may control the end result of the work but cannot specify the details of how the work is performed or where it is performed. Instead, the independent contractor is free to perform work on his or her own terms without the employer specifying what must be done and how it must be done.

In making this determination, the IRS examines three categories of the employment relationship: behavioral, financial, and type of relationship. Behavioral aspects are ones that determine if an employer controls what work is done and how it is done. For example, a salesperson required to staff the sales floor and wait on customers would be considered an employee based on the behavioral aspects of his or her work. Financial aspects relate to whether the payer controls the business aspects of the work, such as owning the equipment. Employers must also consider whether the type of relationship is contractual or employee-type.

Consequences of misclassification

Employers often get in trouble when a worker who was classified as an independent contractor files an unemployment insurance claim after termination. After the claim is filed, the unemployment insurance office investigates whether the employment relationship was classified correctly. If the department finds that the employee was misclassified, it will reward the employee unemployment insurance benefits.

This determination has adverse consequences for the employer because as a result of the misclassification, the employer failed to withhold taxes and pay unemployment-insurance tax. As a result, the State of New York will assess the employer the unemployment insurance taxes owed, in addition to penalties, interest, and fees.

Labor audits

In most cases, the discovery of an employee misclassification triggers a labor audit. During a labor audit, the state will look at the classifications of all employees to determine if the employer misclassified any other employees. Auditors generally look at the past three years. They will assess back payroll taxes and penalties for each instance of misclassification.

Labor audits go beyond classification. They also search for any employees paid off the books, as well as any wage and hour or minimum wage violations. Auditors will examine wage and timekeeping records. If legally required records are not in order, additional penalties may be assessed.

Intentional misclassification of workers

When employers intentionally misclassify workers, they open themselves to fraud charges. The State of New York considers misclassification to be an attempt to avoid compliance with multiple legal requirements beyond unemployment insurance, including workers’ compensation, social security, tax withholding, temporary disability, and minimum wage. A labor audit may bring charges in all of these areas.

The State of New York employs a joint task force in conducting investigations into worker misclassification. The task force includes the Department of Labor, the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General. The task force’s mission is to stop worker misclassification in order to ensure that workers receive the protections they are entitled to under the law. The New York Department of Labor also maintains a hotline where employee misclassification may be reported to the task force.

How to ensure against a labor audit

Employers must never intentionally misclassify employees. In cases where employers are unsure about legal classification, they should seek legal advice from a New York employment lawyer. Some cases of classification are obvious, while others may seem to fall in a gray area. An employment lawyer can accurately assess the classification and protect your business from a labor audit.

Employment law covers a vast number of regulations. Employers often find themselves facing audits or lawsuits because they were unaware of misunderstood regulations. Hiring an employment law firm to provide advice and counsel on employment issues can save a firm from experiencing a labor audit and the associated financial penalties.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

David Bruce

"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

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"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

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