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State and Federal Departments of Labor Joining Forces to Fight Employee Misclassification

Last month, major North Carolina newspapers ran a series of investigative reports alleging that construction companies with federal contracts routinely misclassify employees as independent contractors. While these articles...more

Employee Misclassification Act

The Employee Misclassification Act is a hot button topic at both state and federal levels. The act currently only applies to employers in the construction industry. ...more

She Matters - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - The Aggregates Levy: Exemptions On Rocky Ground - Strict Liability, Or Not? - Conflict Minerals – European Developments - European Union Signs Minamata Convention On Mercury - Wildlife Law...more

Construction E-Note - December 19, 2013

In this Issue: - Alabama's New Sales Tax Exemption Procedure for Contractors and Subcontractors Beginning On January 1, 2014 - OSHA Combustible Dust Standard on the Horizon – What Every Industry Should Know -...more

Comparison of Economic Development Incentives for South Carolina and North Carolina

In This Presentation: - Business Consideration – Electricity Rates - South Carolina vs. North Carolina - Corporate License Fees/ Franchise Taxes - Income Tax Rates (C Corps) - Income Tax...more

Economic and Fiscal Impact of “Line Jumpers”

In This Presentation: - What’s a “Line Jumper”? - Today’s Example - Jobs - Capital Investment - Construction Impact - Fiscal Impacts from Construction - Employment Impacts...more

New Tennessee Law Penalizes the Construction Industry For Misclassifying Workers

Effective July 1, 2013, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TN DOL) will be authorized to impose penalties on construction companies that avoid paying workers’ compensation premiums by misclassifying...more

New Tax Court Decision Highlights Need for Construction Contractors to Consider Expanded IRS Voluntary Worker Classification...

For years, the question of whether construction workers should be treated as employees or independent contractors has been an important issue that many contractors have overlooked or chosen to ignore. However, a recent U.S....more

eTrends - Additional States Join the Federal Department of Labor's Initiative to Detect Misclassification of Employees as...

California and Louisiana recently became the twelfth and thirteenth states, respectively, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal Department of Labor ("DOL") as part of the DOL's effort to detect and...more

How ESOPs Can Be Beneficial for Construction Companies

What Is an ESOP? First and foremost, an ESOP is an employee benefit plan that is qualified for tax-favored treatment under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (IRC). However, an ESOP can also be a tool of...more

Confession Is Good For Soul And Equilibrium But Maybe Not Justice

Recently, I read this article about how the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and states are targeting pay practices of home builders. This got me thinking about how industry enforcement sweeps can be a very...more

Are You Ready For The Fair Play Act?

On October 26, 2010, the New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act went into effect. This new statute is likely to have an enormous impact on the construction industry by imposing stringent requirements for any...more

Employment, Labor and Benefits Alert: New York Task Force Continues Aggressive Enforcement Against Employers Who Misclassify Their...

On June 8, 2010, the New York Labor Commissioner announced the results of yet another successful enforcement sweep by the New York State Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification (the “Task Force”). The Task...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

IN THIS ISSUE: *Employer's Ignorance of Employee's Medical Condition Leads To Dismissal of FEHA Claim But Survival of CFRA Claim *News Bites Please see full brief for more information....more

IRS Establishes Cross Divisional Team to Combat Improper Tool Reimbursement Plans

The IRS recently announced a new cross divisional team aimed at cracking down on tool reimbursement plans marketed to the automotive, construction, aircraft, agriculture and other industries that use hand tools as a way to...more

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