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Employment Status Checker

HMRC has published an employment status checker so that employers can check whether the IR35 legislation on intermediaries and ‘disguised employees’ will apply to a particular engagement. The tool determines if, on the basis...more

The Future Rise Of The “Contributor” – Are We Closer To Finding That Elusive Third Category Of Worker?

According to a recent survey by Randstad US, an HR and staffing services company a growing number of workers prefer to be known as “contributors” rather than employees or independent contractors. Reflecting a restlessness in...more

Tax and non-executive directors

In the 2016 Budget Review, the Minister of Finance stated that in terms of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the ITA) and the Value-Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (the VAT Act), a non-executive director’s (NED) fees may be subject to...more

Spoiler Alert: Rulings Expected on Uber and Lyft Independent Contractor Settlements

Judges in California will likely soon issue rulings affecting two ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft. Those connected with the Lyft case will be pleased because it is expected that a federal district court judge in San...more

Independent Contractor Standards Uncertain Despite New Administration

Seyfarth Synopsis: It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will redirect its enforcement priorities away from independent contractor misclassification issues or curtail the applicable standards in the coming...more

FedEx Succeeds Again On Appeal of an NLRB Ruling on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In the past 2-1/2 years, FedEx has suffered through some appellate court setbacks in the area of independent contractor misclassification, beginning with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court Decision On Unconscionability Of Dispute Resolution Agreement, Severs Problematic Provisions

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s finding that a dispute resolution provision (“the Provision”) of an employment agreement was substantively and procedurally unconscionable, upholding the provision as not tainted...more

UK: Court of Appeal Reconsiders Test to Determine "Worker" Status

The gig economy is expanding fast. Although it brings great benefits, such as flexibility for companies and individuals, it also has generated concerns regarding workplace protections and social inequalities. In the UK, the...more

Are College Athletes Employees? Board Counsel Tackles Controversial Issue

A January memorandum issued by Richard Griffen, the current General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has kicked off a debate over whether and when university students should be deemed “employees” who can assert...more

Florida Court Rules Uber Drivers are Not Employees

In a somewhat surprising but positive development for gig companies, a Florida state appellate court ruled on February 1, 2017 that Uber drivers are independent contractors, NOT employees, and therefore not entitled to...more

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded....more

Uber, CitySprint, Deliveroo… time for change?

The negative press around gig economy working has been prevalent over the past few months. Below, we take a look at the most significant developments in case law, including some innovative attempts by one trade union to...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Cleans Up Questions on Dog Groomers' Employment Status

Individuals performing the main function of your business cannot be classified as independent contractors in Tennessee. At least, that’s what the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled recently when analyzing whether the Tennessee...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

Game Over for NCAA Student Athletes Seeking Employee Status? 7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of U. Penn Athletes’ FLSA Complaint

On December 5, 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by two University of Pennsylvania track and field athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the university, and more than...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

Another Setback for Student Athletes … or Is It?

On December 5, 2016, Berger v. National Collegiate Athletic Association brought a major setback for those advocating that “student athletes” deserve to be compensated for their contributions to the multi-billion-dollar...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

When Partnership “Members” Are Employees

Last week, I wrote about how AB 2883 changes the definition of “employee” vis-a-vis corporate directors. See Is A Corporate Director An Employee Subject To Workers’ Compensation? AB 2883 also rewrites the definition of...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

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

Is A Corporate Director An Employee Subject To Workers’ Compensation?

Corporate lawyers tend to believe that directors and officers are not ineluctably employees. Thus, it may come as a surprise that California’s workers’ compensation law has for some time defined an “employee” to include...more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

Employers' Use of Independent Contractors Restricted by New Law and Court Decision

Employers nationwide and, in particular, those in New York City and New York state, should carefully consider their obligations to formalize policies concerning independent contractors based on New York City's Freelance Isn't...more

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