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First Circuit Finds FAA Applicability A Question For Court And Holds FAA Exemption Applicable To Independent-Contractor...

by Carlton Fields on

The case presented two issues to the court: 1) whether a court must determine the applicability of the FAA to the case when asked to compel arbitration, where parties delegated questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator;...more

Next Crack In The Wall: NY Uber Drivers Held To Be Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Back in October, we reported that there appeared to be the first crack in the wall when it came to classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. At that time, it was reported that the New York...more

Putative Class and Collective Action Under Enjoined U.S. DOL Overtime Rule Appears to Face Strong Argument for Dismissal

by Littler on

On June 7, 2107, a plaintiff brought a putative class and collective action against Chipotle for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law. The plaintiff asserts the company...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Misclassification

Last week, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance documents. In 2015, the Department issued guidance regarding the misclassification of...more

Joint Employer Status Rebuffed?

by Ruder Ware on

Recent action by the Trump Administration has raised a new question regarding joint employer status and whether particular employees hired (individually or through a company) to provide work for another company should be...more

Department of Labor Signals Move to Limit Definition of “Employment”

by Wilson Elser on

On June 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) 2015 and 2016 Administrative Interpretations regarding joint employment and independent...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-era Letters on Joint Employer and Classification Guidance

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The unwinding continues. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the withdrawal of the Obama administration’s previously issued informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employers....more

USDOL Withdraws Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Guidance

by FordHarrison on

The recent announcement by Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to rescind Administrator’s Interpretation Nos. 2015-1 and 2016-1 should allow employers more latitude to hire independent contractors by removing the restrictive...more

Not Yet Time To Pop Champagne Corks After IC Guidance Withdrawn

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor dropped a bit of a bombshell when it announced the immediate withdrawal of two informal guidance letters issued back when President Obama governed the executive branch. The 2015...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

U.S. Secretary of Labor Withdraws Informal Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn its 2015 and 2016 controversial informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. Those two guidance letters, issued during the Obama administration, greatly...more

DOL Trashes Obama-Era “Guidance”

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Wednesday the DOL announced that it was withdrawing two critical pieces of “guidance” issued under the Obama administration. The first piece addressed the DOL’s rather narrow view of who is an independent contractor (S&H...more

U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor and Joint Employment Guidance

by Payne & Fears on

In a positive development for employers, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, that it is withdrawing two Interpretations issued during the Obama Administration....more

DOL Withdraws Classification Guidance

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it was withdrawing its 2015 and 2016 Administrative Interpretations regarding independent contractors and joint employment. Both interpretations were designed...more

The U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance Regarding Independent Contractor versus Employee Classification

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

As we previously blogged here and here, the Obama Administration, through the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) as well as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), made it clear early and often that it was going to take an...more

Louisiana Court Rejects Landman’s Whistleblower Claim Based on Finding That He Was an Independent Contractor

A recent Louisiana Court of Appeal decision held that an oil and gas landman did not have a claim under the Louisiana environmental whistleblower statute, which protects employees from retaliation for reporting environmental...more

Department of Labor Rescinds Two Memos Broadening Joint Employer Liability - Impact on Court Decisions is Unclear

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Department of Labor’s decision this week to rescind two of its memos from the Obama administration regarding joint employer liability may be a hint of what’s to come under the new White House. The repealed memos...more

DOL Withdraws Obama Era Interpretations On Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On June 7, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Administrator Interpretations (“AIs”) issued under the Obama administration regarding joint employment and independent contractors. ...more

Parting of the Joint Employers: Trump DOL Withdraws Past Guidance on Independent Contractor Standards and Joint Employment

Yesterday the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the Department of Labor’s withdrawal of guidance on independent contractors and joint employer liability issued in 2015 and 2016 by the Obama administration...more

Businesses Need To Keep Rewriting Rules To Keep Pace With Rapid Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent article citing the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report notes that “the accelerating rate of change in business, the economy, and society challenges both business and HR to adopt new rules for leading,...more

Littler Global Guide - United Kingdom - Q1 2017

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New Rules on Regulatory References Come Into Force - Enacted Legislation - The new rules on Regulatory References came into force on March 7, 2017. The intention of these rules, which apply to full-scope regulatory...more

Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

by Littler on

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

What the First-Ever Bill Promoting Portable Benefits for Independent Contractors Does – And Does Not Do

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Independent contractors and other contingent workers are not currently eligible for workers’ compensation, disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and pension benefits under federal and most state laws. This may well...more

New Freelancer Law Imposes Additional Requirements For NYC Companies Contracting With Freelancers

The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”), which was touted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the first law in the nation aimed at...more

Freelance Isn’t Free: New York City Reins in Independent Contractors, One Work Provider at a Time

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (or FIFA, for short) is not just an attention-grabbing name, but game-changing legislation that has imposed unprecedented regulations on the Five Borough “gig economy.” FIFA, which...more

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