The United States Department of Labor Independent Contractors

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Fourth Circuit Offers New Test for Joint Employment under FLSA

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. has broad implications...more

Sunset for day rates?

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

Is the USDOL Making it Easier for On-Demand Workers to Claim Misclassification?

The on-demand economy has certainly changed the way people provide and receive services. It may also be changing the way the government focuses its enforcement priorities. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

‘Not Completely Disassociated’: 4th Circuit Creates New FLSA Joint Employer Test

On Jan. 25, 2017, in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., the 4th Circuit created a brand-new test for joint employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The 4th Circuit’s approach to FLSA joint employer...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

December 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

In our update for last month’s developments in this area of the law, we report on five significant court cases involving companies in the transportation industry that use ICs as an integral part of their business model. Each...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Pay Transparency and Paid Sick Leave Obligations May Apply to 2017 Federal Contracts

Contractors and subcontractors that enter into or renew federal contracts after January 1, 2017 should be mindful of requirements to provide detailed wage statements and paid sick leave to covered workers....more

Department of Labor's Exit Memorandum Calls for Changes to Address Gig Economy Employment

According to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the “largest question” for the incoming administration will be how to “embrace innovation” as part of the changing nature of work, while ensuring a level of workforce protections...more

Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded...more

DOL Releases Updated Independent Contractor “Misclassification” Website.

In a follow-up to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) release of 12 questions and answers in a publication called “Misclassification Mythbusters,” the DOL has now released a new website called “What is ‘misclassification’?”...more

Happy Holidays From The DOL: User-Friendly Webpage On Independent Contractors Misclassification Arrives

On December 19, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued what it describes as a “user-friendly webpage where workers, employers, and government agencies can find information and resources” about misclassification of...more

The Labor Department’s New Independent Contractor Misclassification Web Page: While It Is Likely To Confound Viewers, It May...

The U.S. Department of Labor reissued its resources on independent contractor misclassification and grouped them together with resources from other federal and state agencies on the subject. This appears to be the Labor...more

House Freedom Caucus Urges Trump to Undo Department of Labor Interpretation of Independent Contractor Rules

North Carolina Congressman, Mark Meadows, the incoming chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump to deliver a list of 232 regulations that the Freedom Caucus suggest...more

Restaurant and Business Leader Andy Puzder Picked to Lead the DOL

President-elect Donald Trump has formally named Andy Puzder as his choice to be the next Secretary of Labor. Currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company to several fast-food chains, Puzder is a long-time advocate...more

Post No Bills? Employers Have To Post Plenty!

This year is ending with quite a few changes in various federal workplace posters. To ensure that employers, especially federal contractors, have kept up with the required changes, here is a summary: - Federal 6-in-1...more

Handy Proposal May Solve Sharing Economy Business Woes

As startups from Silicon Valley to Silicon Forest continue to flood the market with competing on-demand service platforms “staffed” with independent workers, these same businesses – implementing one of the most disruptive,...more

Labor & Employment Hot Topics Impacting the Construction Industry

A number of employment-related developments are likely to impact the construction industry. This article is intended to briefly summarize some of these developments....more

New York’s Highest Court Rules that Yoga Instructors are Independent Contractors: But Can Other Employers Hold that Pose?

The New York State Court of Appeals and New York City recently provided additional guidance for – and imposed additional requirements on – New York employers that use independent contractors. In In re Yoga Vida NYC, Inc....more

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: What Employers Need to Know

If you’re an employer, given the daily balance of juggling business goals, budget concerns and employee harmony, it might seem that you spend most days trying to pull the proverbial rabbit out of your hat. But if your...more

Are you a joint employer?

Are you an employer who uses temporary employees, staffing agencies or independent contractors? Use of such contingent or contract workers is not unusual and may be necessary for your operations. If you are in that...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — November 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The November edition of the Insider Report turns a spotlight on...more

Will the Jig Be Up for the Gig Economy?

Employers who rely heavily on independent contractors or temporary workers should take note: “Gig” economy companies are now a priority of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC recently approved...more

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