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Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are individuals or entities that perform work for other individuals or entities, but are not employees of those individuals or entities. Whether a worker is an employee or an independent... more +
Independent contractors are individuals or entities that perform work for other individuals or entities, but are not employees of those individuals or entities. Whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is not always an easy determination. However, due to differences in tax and liability treatment, misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can have serious consequences. Autonomy is the defining feature of independent contractor arrangements. Independent contractors control the manner and method of how work is performed while payers control the desired result. Control over schedule and number of hours worked, ownership of equipment or tools, permanency of relationship, and acceptance of jobs from multiple entities are all possible factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor.   less -

Some Control Is Just Fine: Ninth Circuit Upholds Independent Contractor Status in Jones v. Royal Admin. Servs.

Just the other week, in Jones v. Royal Admin. Servs., the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the federal common law standard for distinguishing agents from independent contractors and upheld the independent contractor status of...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance Letters Leaving Employers to Pick up the Pieces

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) guidance on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama administration,...more

North Carolina Governor Signs Law Creating Division to Investigate and Prosecute Employee Misclassification Claims

In 2015, a Raleigh newspaper ran a series of investigative articles focused on construction industry members that classified a large portion of their workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The articles...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

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California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

NC “Employee Classification” Law Warrants Caution But Doesn’t Change Substantive Law

On August 11, Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act. The portion of the legislation that deals with worker classifications will take effect December 31....more

New York City Companies: Freelance Isn’t Free

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act (the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”) became effective on May 15, 2017. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act imposes specific requirements on companies located in New...more

Could A Proposed Federal Law Solve The Misclassification Riddle?

by Fisher Phillips on

For years, businesses have struggled with properly identifying workers as either independent contractors or W-2 employees. The hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the gig economy have complicated matters even further....more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the...more

Insurance Agents as Employees? Court Breaks Independent Contractor Precedent

On August 1, 2017, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer were employees for purposes of pursuing pension and other...more

Is My Noncompete With an Independent Contractor Enforceable?

by Fisher Phillips on

The Eight Circuit recently addressed this question in Ag Spectrum Co. v. Elder, Case No. 16-3113 (8th Cir. August 2, 2017). In that case, Ag Spectrum contracted with Vaughn Elder to work as an independent contractor. Elder...more

IT Companies and the Uber-ization of the Workforce

by Fisher Phillips on

With the rise of the gig economy, IT companies are taking the approach many employers in the gig economy have taken in structuring their workforce. In an industry where full-time and part-time employees cohabit in the same...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

Open Questions on Media Company Liability for Statements Made by Talent

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A recent case has raised questions about whether or not a media company can be held liable for defamatory statements made by its talent on social media. The case arose after a falling out between two television stars, Mykel...more

New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act Also Isn’t Waivable

Recently issued final rules impose additional restrictions including prohibitions on requiring independent contractors to waive certain rights. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act is a recent New York City law that went into...more

Will Dealerships And Third-Party Detailers Continue To Face Increased DOL Scrutiny?

by Fisher Phillips on

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) placed special emphasis on scrutinizing the alleged misclassification of independent contractors and joint employer relationships. Dealerships were notably...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Court Ruling Means We’re One Step Closer To A Unionized Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The battle over organizing workers in the on-demand economy continues to heat up. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others challenging the City of Seattle’s...more

In what direction will Uber drive SA labour laws?

by Hogan Lovells on

The recent CCMA ruling in favour of Uber drivers now heads to the Labour Court. This is an extremely important case as South African labour laws for the first time now come "Head-to-Bot" with the fourth industrial revolution....more

Independent Contractors & Consultants Acting on Government Contracts May be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Independent contractors and consultants who engage in or advise on public contracts may be subject to the conflict of interest laws under Government Code section 1090, the California Supreme Court ruled last month. Section...more

ACA Repeal Could Put Dent In The Number Of Gig Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Bloomberg BNA reporter Madison Alder has written an eye-opening article that suggests the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could force many gig economy workers to abandon their freelance lifestyle and secure...more

Privette Doctrine Prevails To Protect Maintenance Contractor

In Alvarez v. Seaside Transportation Services, LLC et al. (No. B275980, filed July 20, 2017), Division Eight of the Second Appellate District affirmed a trial court grant of summary judgment to defendants based on the...more

Worker Classification Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued a reminder for small businesses on the importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Employers failing to do this correctly...more

Certification Of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied Due To Predominance Of Individualized Issues

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the...more

Hirer of Independent Contractor Not Liable to Injured Contractor Employee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal upheld the Privette doctrine, holding that an independent contractor’s employee generally may not recover tort damages for work-related injuries from the contractor’s hirer....more

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