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Bringing on Your First Contractor or Employee: Minimizing the Risks

Thursday, February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

No cost to participate


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Your organization is growing so fast that you need to pay someone to do work for you. Congratulations and beware. Bringing on a contractor or employee can help your organization reach new heights, but it can also create significant liability if not done right. During this session, we’ll talk about the differences between contractors and employees, the laws that apply to both, and strategies for minimizing legal liability.

This workshop is highly recommended if you are planning on applying to MRAC’s Organizational Development grant program to hire an employee.

Presented by Nicole Dailo and Sarah Riskin of Nilan Johnson Lewis Law Firm. 

Nicole’s prior experience in the government and nonprofit sectors has shaped her approach to the law as a powerful tool for collaboration, protection, and innovation. This perspective allows her to devise creative, practical solutions for her clients without losing sight of their mission or business goals. Nicole’s previous judicial clerkship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California also gives her unique insight into judicial decision-making and litigation strategy, which benefits her clients both inside and outside the courtroom. Nicole prides herself on passionately advocating for her clients and proactively working with them to cultivate productive, cooperative workplaces. When she is not practicing law, Nicole enjoys exploring the Twin Cities food scene, spending time outdoors with her husband and Shih Tzu, and traveling the world.

Sarah defends employers in single plaintiff litigation, private class actions, and administrative proceedings. Her clients can always rely on her to be responsive, creative, and practical when helping solve their legal problems. Sarah truly enjoys partnering with her clients and finding innovative ways to resolve problems with an eye towards minimizing business disruption. In addition to litigation, Sarah advises and counsels clients proactively, conducting internal investigations and working to prevent disputes before they arise. She works with a wide array of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofit organizations. When not working, Sarah spends time with her wife and three kids enjoying the Minneapolis park system, particularly the bike trails and waterfalls at Minnehaha Park. She also played music and dabbled in photography, before law school and children stifled the right side of her brain.


This activity takes place at the MRAC offices. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit Accessibility at MRAC. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form (if applicable) or reach out to Scott Artley at scott@mrac.org or 651-523-6384.

Attendees to MRAC trainings should be affiliated with a group that applies to MRAC for funding or should be staff or volunteers of arts organizations in the 7-county metro area.


Thursday, February 6
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
No cost to participate
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Bethany Whitehead


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55114 United States
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