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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 -

Gig Economy Poised To Grow Even Bigger

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy has exploded in the last few years as more workers embrace side jobs and flexibility of assignments. New studies reveal that this trend should continue into the future. In fact, research group Recode has...more

California Small Businesses Face Unique Dilemma Under Narrow Worker Status Categories

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

They say location is everything in business. How about classification of workers? In certain industries, workers have a unique combination of specified skills and relative freedom to do their job. As a result, small...more

Update: NYC Adopts New Rules Implementing Freelance Law

Earlier this year, we reported that New York City adopted The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”). As explained in our prior blog, under the...more

NYC Consumer Affairs Department Adopts Final Rules on Freelance Isn’t Free Act

by Morgan Lewis on

Hiring parties should review their current independent contractor agreements to ensure compliance with the adopted rules....more

Court Says Uber Drivers Can Proceed With National Misclassification Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court judge in North Carolina last week granted permission to a group of Uber drivers challenging the company’s classification structure to band together and proceed with a class action lawsuit against the...more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee

by Jaburg Wilk on

Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify...more

Is the path to Unionized Gig Workers Paved through Credit Card Gratuities?

by Fisher Phillips on

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This mantra holds true for California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher. In February 2017, Gonzalez Fletcher introduced Assembly Bill 1099 – appropriately named for the IRS...more

New Rules Implementing the NYC Freelance Isn’t Free Act To Become Effective on July 24, 2017

As we previously reported, in November 2016, NYC Mayor De Blasio signed into law the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, establishing protections for freelance workers, including the right to receive a written contract for work valued...more

Newly Adopted “Freelance Isn’t Free” Rules Rife with Preemption Issues Under FAA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Regulatory rules issued in connection with New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act seek to prohibit arbitration of claims under the Act and class action waivers in contracts covered by the law. U.S....more

Need for Individual Scrutiny Kills FLSA Collective Action – That’s The Cure For This Disease

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have blogged on this topic many times but I never tire of it. What is the way to defeat a class action? The magic bullet? The answer? Too much individual scrutiny is needed! Another Judge has proven me right on this. A...more

Good Work, The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

by Dechert LLP on

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published this week and this update reports on its detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law in terms of its application to those who are engaged other than as...more

Brazil to Enact Expansive Labor Law Reforms

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the Labor Reform Bill, which is now before the president for signing. The Labor Reform Bill is one of the current administration's main projects to reignite the economy and make...more

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws - California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a watershed decision, the California Supreme Court held that independent contractors and consultants can be considered “employees” and subject to the conflict of interest provisions of Government Code 1090. This includes...more

NYC Agency Publishes Rules for New Independent Contractor Law

by Reed Smith on

As we previously reported, the New York City “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act (the Act) took effect on May 15, 2017. The Act requires virtually all entities that engage an independent contractor in NYC for $800 or more in services...more

The Square Peg and the Round Hole – W2 Driver or IC? Let the Judge (as the Jury) Finally Decide!

by Fisher Phillips on

GrubHub, the food delivery app, has been in a legal battle with a former delivery driver over the driver’s classification as an independent contractor since 2015. Initially filed as a class action in state court in San...more

The future of work: managing a workforce that is away half the year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The gig economy is only one of the reasons that workers of the future will not have close connections with one employer or business – another is the movement towards arranging their life so that they spend substantial periods...more

The Ultimate Misclassification Showdown Could Be Right Around The Corner

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig employers returning from the Fourth of July holiday were in for a rude awakening when they learned about the fireworks that just went down in a California federal court. Right before the holiday weekend, Judge Jacqueline...more

In Pro-Employer Move, Trump Administration Withdraws DOL Guidance Letters

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

President Trump’s reputation as a no-holds-barred businessman was one of the pillars of his campaign. Six months into office, Trump’s administration is showing its pro-business (or pro-employer) tendencies through recent...more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

New Rules Applicable to NYC’s Freelance Isn't Free Act Prevents Covered Employers from Utilizing Arbitration Provisions and Class...

by Littler on

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act goes into effect on July 24, 2017. Anticipated rules to “clarify” the Act, which amend Title 6 of the City’s Rules by adding a new chapter 12, have now been promulgated by the...more

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration....more

Employment Law - June 2017 #3

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance, Promises More Change - Why it matters - The new Secretary of Labor officially withdrew the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance on joint employment and independent contractors, although...more

Second Circuit "Drives" Forward Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

In an April 2017 decision, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action brought by New York-area "black car" drivers, workers providing high-end transportation services in limousines and other upscale...more

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