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 -
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USDOL Recruits Whistleblowers for Misclassification Claims: Will Gig Workers Even Notice?

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently revised its wage and hour poster to include information on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. As noted in our previous legal alert on this...more

Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their...more

InterConnect Flash No. 56 - IC Classification Claims Preempted by Federal Truth-In-Leasing Regulations

We first reported on the Remington v. J.B. Hunt, Inc. case last year in Flash No. 46. Based on the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Massachusetts Delivery Ass’n v. Coakley, 769 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2014) (“MDA”),...more

Open the Floodgates: NLRB Announces Misclassification of Independent Contractors Can, In Itself, Violate Section 8(a)(1)

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice publicly released an advice memorandum from December of 2015 in which it found a Section 8(a)(1) violation for an employer's misclassification of...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Canada: Time for Submissions Soon Expiring in Ontario under Changing Workplace Review

As previously reported, the Special Advisors to the Government of Ontario, Canada released their interim report on July 27, 2016 on ways in which the Ontario Labour Relations Act (“LRA”) and Ontario Employment Standards Act,...more

Ten Common Intellectual Property Mistakes

Mistake No. 1 - Not Obtaining an Obligation to Assign Inventions From Employees and Contractor - Example: Employee/contractor agreements do not: (a) assign rights to you in inventions made for you; (b) require the...more

Oklahoma Partners With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

On September 13, 2016, Oklahoma became the 35th state to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor...more

Misclassification Of Workers Just Got Riskier For Oklahoma Employers

For years, we have been warning employers of the dangers of misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they are actually employees. Information-sharing among agencies on the rise - The federal government...more

US DOL and PA DOL Partner to Prevent Employee Misclassification

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (“PA DOL”) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to coordinate efforts, by sharing information and...more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

Employment Law - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Sides With NLRB on Class Waivers - Why it matters - Siding with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pushed the question of whether it violates the National...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #2

B. There is no vicarious liability for an occupier of land for the negligence of an independent contractor on the basis of agency. Heikkila v. Apex Land Corporation, 2016 ABCA 126 [4191]...more

August 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This month’s news update includes three initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat IC misclassification. The first was the issuance of a new page on the DOL website called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” We...more

NLRB Issues Advice Memorandum Claiming That Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Violates Section 8(a)(1) of...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an advice memorandum issued on December 18, 2015, but just released to the public at the end of August, 2016, an Associate General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board opined that an employer’s...more

Labor and Employment Tips

Here are 10 employment tips to prevent your start-up from losing ground before it gets started: - Make sure you understand the differences between employees and independent contractors and follow all legal requirements...more

NCDOL to Cooperate with Federal Agencies to Crack Down on Employee Misclassification

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) announced the completion of an agreement with the federal DOL to share information intended to identify companies misclassifying employees as independent...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016

Last week, it was reported that 10,000 Chipotle workers have joined the class action against the Tex Mex chain for unpaid wages, claiming Chipotle routinely made them work off the clock. That’s roughly one in five Chipotle...more

Employment Law and OSHA Concerns with Temps, Contractors, and Joint- and Multi- Employer Sites

Employers must beware as the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) cracks down on what it perceives as rampant misclassifying employees as contractors and shirking other responsibilities, such as safety training, because a worker...more

North Carolina and Nebraska Join 32 Other States In Agreeing To Partner With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

Just last month we reported that Pennsylvania had entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”), agreeing to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding...more

The Close of the Obama Era: What It Means for Employers [Video]

Steven W. Suflas, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, outlines five recent Obama administration developments that will shape employer and management liabilities....more

Are you prepared for overtime regulations?

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations will take effect. Millions of employees who are currently exempt will, for the first time, earn overtime for any hours...more

Final Rule for Fair Pay and Safe Workplace: Scant Relief for Federal Contractors

The final rule makes agency allegations of employment law violations reportable events that could result in denied federal contracts or terminated existing contracts. On August 25, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory...more

NLRB General Counsel Seeks To Regulate and Target Employers with Independent Contractors

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB General Counsel releases an Advice Memorandum finding that the misclassification of independent contractors amounts to a standalone violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA....more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance From NY Court of Appeals on Scope of Liability for Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction...

The Second Circuit has asked the New York Court of Appeals for guidance on the scope of liability for discrimination based on criminal conviction history under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law...more

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