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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 -

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

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Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

Flagged Down: Second Circuit Finds NYC “Black Car” Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a class action of New York City “black car” drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors by their dispatchers. In reaching its ruling, the Court found...more

Global Employment Law Update - April 2017

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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

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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #3

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Last week, HR Dive reported a Yale University global study on the forces behind continued underrepresentation of women in business leadership. After surveying 5,000 individuals in 100 countries, the study concluded that...more

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

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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

Federal Court Provides Roadmap For Misclassification Success – Sort Of

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Ruling In Favor Of Independent Contractor Status Provides Boost To Gig Economy - A federal appeals court in New York handed a massive victory to a car service enterprise yesterday, ruling that a group of workers...more

Is This Your New Roadmap To Misclassification Success? Maybe.

by Fisher Phillips on

This is a big deal The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came down in favor of a sharing economy business in a misclassification case yesterday, ruling that a group of black-car drivers were independent contractors and not...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

Matthew Taylor’s report on the gig economy – emergent themes

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Matthew Taylor, former head of Blair’s Number 10 Policy Unit, is due to publish a report on the gig economy this summer. A number of themes have emerged from his interviews and discussions with the press to date....more

New District of New Jersey Case Shows Importance of Requiring Drivers to Form Corporate Entities in Misclassification Cases

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Late last month, District of New Jersey Judge Robert B. Kugler partially granted FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. (“FedEx”)’s Motion to Dismiss in a trucking misclassification case. The court dismissed several claims but...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Spring 2017

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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

March 2017: The 15 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

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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. March 2017 was another month...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

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Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

A growing gig economy

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In Boxer v. Excel Group Services Ltd ET/3200365/2016, Mr Boxer brought a successful claim against Excel Group Services Ltd (Excel) for one week’s holiday pay. Mr Boxer had been a cycle courier for Excel since September 2013....more

Seattle’s Attempt to Unionize On-Demand Economy Dealt First Blow

by Fisher Phillips on

Not two weeks ago, we discussed several active court cases seeking to challenge the City of Seattle’s first-of-its-kind ordinance aimed at unionizing ride-sharing drivers, pointing out that the battle was about to reach a...more

Two Employment Law Issues Startups Should Know About

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It's no secret that the first year of operation can make or break a startup. Don't let overlooked employment issues be your startup's downfall. Below is a brief overview of two major issues startups face in their first year....more

Gig Economy Portable Benefits Bill Introduced In Washington State

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve written before about a proposal in New York that would permit gig companies to pay into a benefit fund for workers allowing them freedom to develop portable benefits; now, Washington state is considering a similar...more

In the "Gig Economy": When Is a Contractor Not a Contractor?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith [2017] EWCA Civ 51 is the latest in a series of recent cases before the U.K. courts regarding employment status in the “gig economy”. In this case, the Court of Appeal considered whether an...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Confirms That Independent Contractors Are Not "Misclassified" Employees Simply Because They Only Work...

by Wiggin and Dana LLP on

In a welcome development for Connecticut companies that routinely rely on consultants, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in Southwest Appraisal Group LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act that individuals can...more

Holiday: to roll over, or not to roll over – that is the question

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The issue of holiday pay has been back in the ECJ, with the Court considering the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and another. In that case, the issue had arisen as to whether Mr King, a worker who had been...more

These Foolish Things – The Oddest Employment Issues of the Past Year

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Even outside the Capital Beltway, this has been a strange year. Those of us who handle labor and employment issues everyday often think we’ve seen it all—only to be proven wrong time and again. As April Fools’ Day approaches,...more

The ‘Gig’ Economy Under the Spotlight

by Reed Smith on

New research published by the CIPD suggests that around 1.3 million people are engaged in the UK ‘gig’ economy – the term used to describe flexible, short-term working arrangements, typically managed through digital...more

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