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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

Hiring A Summer Intern? What You Should Know Regarding Pay

by Smith Anderson on

As the summer work season approaches, employers should review whether any “interns” or “volunteers” in their workplaces are classified properly and are being compensated appropriately. Although unpaid internships are...more

NYC's "Freelance Isn't Free" Act Effective May 15, 2017

by FordHarrison on

A new law regulating the hiring and payment of freelancers in New York City took effect May 15, 2017. The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act impacts a large range of industries that routinely rely on independent contractors,...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Enacts Freelance Worker Law

by Murtha Cullina on

Employers’ engagement of independent contractors has increased substantially in recent years. Short-term projects and the gig economy have fueled the need for workers, who are not looking (or are unable) to find permanent...more

Coleman Issues Tax Tip: Determining Worker Status

One of the more difficult tax issues with which businesses are often confronted is determining whether persons supplying personal services to the business are employees or independent contractors. The IRS has recently issued...more

Limited Impact of New Florida Law Deeming Uber, Lyft and Other Ride-Sharing Drivers Independent Contractors and Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the Transportation Network Companies Act (HB 221), which designates drivers for ride-sharing companies in the on-demand or gig economy as “independent contractors” as long...more

California Supreme Court Set to Address Fate of Independent Contracting

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court, in Dynamex Operations v. Superior Court, has agreed to address the legal standard for determining whether a worker classified as an independent contractor is really an...more

The gig economy: “Free-riding on the welfare state”

by Dentons on

Due to the calling of a snap general election, the Work and Pensions Committee has curtailed its inquiry and has now published its report on the gig economy and its use of self-employment. The report is somewhat damning of...more

New York City’s First-in-the-Nation Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect Next Week

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 15, 2017, a first-in-the-nation law regulating the relationship between independent contractors and those who retain their services goes into effect in New York City. Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it...more

The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Undergraduate Resident Advisors at Colleges and Universities

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, last Friday an Acting Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board created a new inroad for unions to organize undergraduate resident...more

UberSuccessful Digital Business Model May Crash If Florida Court Classifies Drivers as Employees

It’s no secret that the multi-billion dollar gig-economy app company has faced its share of speed bumps, roadblocks, and controversies the last several years. As a result of issues with local regulatory traffic laws, rider...more

Employment News - May 2017 #1

by Hogan Lovells on

Self-employment and the gig economy laid bare – Parliamentary Committee calls for changes to employment status - The Work and Pensions Parliamentary Committee inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy has...more

April 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

April was a red-hot month for independent contractor misclassification cases. We report below on 11 cases in the courts and two before administrative agencies involving...more

Speaking Deliveroo: whatever next?

by Dentons on

Deliveroo has set out words and phrases that managers should use to describe its riders and their working practices in an attempt to fortify the company’s stance that its riders are self-employed, rather than workers....more

Leading Tax Counsel For College Athletes Advise They May Not Realize How Good They Now Have It

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this interview with the LEAD Association, tax partner Lorry Spitzer examines the tax implications of paying college athletes....more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Some time ago, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a focus on what it saw as a workplace trend, namely the characterization of people performing functions that are an integral part of the employer’s business (not plumbers...more

College Athletes (Still) Not Employees

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The District Court for the Northern District of California has weighed in on whether student athletes are “employees” under the law. On April 25, 2017, the Court dismissed a proposed class action brought by a former...more

Global Employment Law Update - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In this edition of our Global Employment Law Update we look at the effects of the rapid growth of the "gig" economy across the jurisdictions. There have been significant case law and legislative responses, particularly on...more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

Recent Survey Provides Insight into the “Rise” of Female Gig Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

As we’ve previously reported, the gig economy is an attractive work model for many women who are looking for flexible work arrangements. Despite some drawbacks to gig work (including a lack of job security, benefits and paid...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

Black Car Drivers in New York City Held Independent Contractors By Federal Court of Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While Uber has dominated the headlines when it comes to whether drivers on their on-demand, ride-sharing platforms are independent contractors or employees, similar battles are being waged elsewhere in the car service...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Spring 2017

by Williams Mullen on

When Are Your Subcontractor's Employees Your Employees? In January, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals entered its decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., ruling that a contractor and its subcontractor can be...more

Employment Status Checker

by Dentons on

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

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