Employee Definition

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Are Your Contractors Actually Employees? DOL Says Probably Yes

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued an Administrator's Interpretation aimed at addressing what it characterizes as the “problematic trend” of employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Red Flags for Homebuilders Related to DOL's Latest Guidance on Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” (AI 2015-1) providing guidance on whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

DOL Issues Guidance Concluding that Most Workers are Employees Under the FLSA

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance addressing independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, the DOL interprets the...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

The Real Battle over Independent Contractors and the ABC Test In Connecticut

You’ve no doubt heard lots about how the U.S. Department of Labor is cracking down on independent contractors. I’ve recapped it before and my former colleague, Jonathan Orleans, has a new post regarding Uber & electricians....more

Sirius XM Settles Wage & Hour Class Action With Unpaid Interns

Earlier this month Sirius XM Radio Inc. settled a wage & hour class action with a class of 1,852 unpaid interns that claimed the company violated federal and state labor laws by failing to compensate them for the work they...more

National Labor Relations Board Releases Unanimous Decision in Favor of Northwestern University and the NCAA

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declined to assert jurisdiction in Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), the union-organizing case involving grant-in-aid...more

Northwestern University Football Players Can’t Vote for Union Representation …but it’s not over until it’s over…

Depending on your allegiance, “the Play” was one of either the most memorable or the most infamous moments in the history of college football. It happened in the final seconds of 1982’s annual “Big Game” between the Stanford...more

NLRB Punts on College Athlete Unions

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued the long awaited decision in the Northwestern University football union case. 362 NLRB No. 167 (8/17/2015). In a rare display of unanimity, the five members of...more

Perspectives - July 2015

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which...more

Most Workers Are Employees, DOL Says

Most workers should be classified as employees, and not independent contractors, and be paid minimum wage and overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor said in an Administrator’s Interpretation issued July 15. The...more

Unpaid Interns: The New Category of Employees?

The fiery debate over the employment status of and protections afforded to unpaid interns is alive and well! It appears that Congress is continuing the trend of providing additional workplace protections to unpaid interns. ...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” and Provides Guidance on the Unpaid Intern Question

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued significant pro-employer decisions in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv) (“Fox”) and Wang v. Hearst Corp. (No. 13-4480-cv) (“Hearst”)...more

Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

CHEERLEADERS HAVE RIGHTS TOO! New Law Addresses the Struggle of the California Cheerleader

Global warming, a decaying infrastructure, budget problems, pollution, endangered species; these are all serious problems. In a world full of serious problems, lesser tragedies frequently go unnoticed. Like the plight of the...more

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees Under FLSA: Ultimate Test Is Economic Dependence

On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, adopting a very expansive interpretation of the definition of employees under the Fair Labor...more

Employers beware—US Department of Labor issues a shot across the bow to those using independent contractors

Does your business engage independent contractors? If so, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor (DOL) is putting you on notice that your business may be in the agency’s cross hairs. In a 15-page...more

DOL WAGE & HOUR DIVISION’S “ADMINISTRATOR’S INTERPRETATION” NO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR COUP DE GRÂCE FOR TRUCKING—JUST NEW...

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (the “Division” Administrator, issued the much anticipated and promised “administrator’s interpretation” (the “Memo”) on the issue of worker...more

New York Bill Follows California’s Lead to Recognize Professional Cheerleaders as Employees

It’s official—professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay...more

DOL Fires Across the Bow of Businesses Underway With Independent Contractor Manpower

Employee classification issues have been a recurrent topic of ours, and with all the class action litigation arising from independent contractor and other classifications, we have had no shortage of opportunities to remind...more

Misclassification in the Cross-Hairs: DOL Issues new Interpretive Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy of late. Fresh off of issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing major changes to overtime exemptions (as summarized by HRLegalist), DOL Administrator David Weil has...more

Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Who is an Independent Contractor

The Department of Labor is focused on eliminating what they believe to be an increasing number of employees who are misclassified by their employers as being independent contractors, and therefore ineligible for benefits,...more

Quest for “Living Wage” Results in Minimum Wage Increases in Kansas City, Missouri

After months of heated debate, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Council voted to incrementally increase the minimum wage in Kansas City, Missouri over time from the current state-mandated $7.65 per hour to $13.00 per hour in...more

The Department of Labor Says There Are Essentially No Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation letter on the topic of misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Their conclusion is that “most workers are employees under the...more

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