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The Impact of Labor Standards and Employee Classification

Understanding the use of independent contractors and/or staff interpreters is critical to the future of our industry. As LSCs, we have a responsibility to both the industry and the regulating agencies to present and manage best practices. This panel discussion includes presentations from language companies impacted by Department of Labor audits and assessments as well as strategies that were implemented to address these audits, including changing organizational structure; challenging the audit findings; and proposing legislative changes at federal, state, and local levels.

Music Row 5


Lena Petrova-Toolsie

Lena Petrova-Toolsie

President and CEO
Ad Astra, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD

Lena Petrova-Toolsie currently heads Ad Astra Inc. as its president and CEO. Before launching Ad Astra, Lena worked as a language instructor throughout Russia. She also became an interpreter for political settings, interpreting interviews with notable political leaders, such as Vladimir Putin. After moving to Europe, she worked as a language instructor for various language centers around England and Italy. When Lena settled in the United States, she launched Ad Astra, Inc. Lena received her B.A. and M.A. in applied linguistics from St. Petersburg State University. She has also recently completed her MBA at George Washington University.

Scott A. Mirsky

Scott A. Mirsky

Partner
Mirsky Policastri LLC
Rockville, MD

Scott A. Mirsky, a founding partner at Mirksy Policastri LLC, focuses his practice on advising and litigating employment, business, and construction disputes. He has experience handling noncompete and trade secret disagreements, employment claims, intellectual property infringement cases, complex construction issues, wage disputes, and breach of contract claims. Scott has more than 15 years of experience representing individuals and businesses in diverse civil matters throughout the Washington, DC, area.