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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Senate Finance Committee Considering Measure to Largely Repeal IRC Section 530 Safe Harbor for Most Businesses Using Independent...

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D.Ohio) reintroduced the “Fair Playing Field Act,” S.1706, in November 2013. The bill, which first appeared in 2010 under then-Senator John Kerry’s sponsorship, purports to close an ostensible loophole in...more

Cal. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Class Certification of Independent Contract Class Actions

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued yet another decision on class certification; this time in an action challenging the independent contractor (“IC”) classification of a proposed class of Antelope Valley News...more

Lowe’s Settles Independent Contractor Misclassification Case

Buying something at Lowe’s? Need help putting it where it belongs, hooking it up, making it work? “Get it installed by a Lowe’s professional,” Lowe’s advertises....more

California Supreme Court Leaves Unanswered Questions in Independent Contractor Case

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court handed down its decision in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, a lawsuit brought on behalf of a group of newspaper delivery carriers who alleged that they had been...more

Extra! Extra! Read All About It: California Supreme Court Affirms Reversal of Class Certification Denial for Class of Newspaper...

The California Supreme Court in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc. recently affirmed and remanded the reversal of a denial of class certification in an independent contractor misclassification case, emphasizing the...more

California Supreme Court Eases Path Toward Class Certification of Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims

In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc., the California Supreme Court set forth the legal standard for determining whether independent contractor misclassification claims can be brought on a classwide basis, or must be...more

Employed vs Self Employed Status

Mr Conroy, a referee, brought a claim for unfair dismissal against the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The Employment Tribunal agreed with the SFA's argument that Mr Conroy was self-employed (as opposed to an employee),...more

California Delivery Drivers Gain Employee Status Despite Independent Contractor Agreements

On June 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that home-delivery drivers who transported furniture and appliances for a leading transportation and logistics company under independent contractor agreements...more

Court Awards Fees And Costs Against USDOL

A Texas federal court has ordered the U.S. Labor Department to pay more than $560,000 in attorney's fees, paralegal fees, and travel expenses growing out of litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. USDOL...more

Delivery Drivers Classified As Employees Despite Signed Agreement Purporting To Establish Independent Contractor Relationship

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, applying California law, concluded that delivery drivers who signed agreements stating they were independent contractors and not employees would still be...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 39 - Recent Court Decisions Reflect the Rule of Reason: Totality of the Circumstances Regains Traction

Two recent court decisions from two different jurisdictions, issued several weeks apart, reflect a more balanced and reasonable approach for determining worker classification issues based on the totality of the facts and...more

Ninth Circuit Shows No Affinity for Independent Contractor Status in Delivery Drivers

Delivering another blow to the independent contractor model, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held this week that furniture delivery drivers for Affinity Logistics were employees under California law, not independent...more

Secondment Guessing?

Often, it makes practical sense to send an experienced worker from his/her home country to another country rather than engage an independent contractor or hire a new employee in that destination country. This is precisely...more

Connecticut Congressman Sponsors “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act”

Readers of this blog will be aware that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a major concern of state and federal authorities for several years. Employers don’t provide workers compensation...more

Dangers of Misclassifying an Employee as an Independent Contractor Highlighted Once Again in New York Appellate Court Decision

The issue of employee misclassification was once again on display, this time in Nance v. NYP Holdings, where a New York appellate court affirmed an earlier finding that the New York Post failed to classify one of its...more

Morris Meadows: Judge Declines Job Offer and Workers Were Employees

In Morris Meadows Country Holidays and Seminars Ltd. v. M.N.R. (2014 TCC 191), the Tax Court considered whether certain workers were employees or independent contractors....more

Two Colorado Supreme Court Decisions Address Independent Contractor Relationships

Companies using independent contractors should review their practices in light of two recent decisions from the Colorado Supreme Court: I.C.A.O. v. Softrock Geological Services, Inc. and Western Logistics, Inc. v. I.C.A.O....more

Federal District Court Rejects Challenges to Employee Non-Solicitation Agreement

As reported in EmployNews, in recent years North Carolina courts have increased the degree of scrutiny used when reviewing employee non-compete agreements, rejecting as overbroad agreements that would have been upheld in the...more

You Load 16 Tons, What Do You Get: A Worthless Franchise!

Despite the focus in recent years on the misclassification of employees as contractors, unfortunately, we continue to see numerous companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups make mistakes, albeit mostly unintentional,...more

Autodesk Audits: Managing Independent Contractors

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Keli Johnson Swan, covers three possible scenarios involving independent contractors that have different licensing implications in Autodesk audits....more

Individual Liability in CFPB Enforcement Proceedings

To date, the CFPB has brought 12 cases—out of more than three dozen total CFPB enforcement cases—in which it named individuals as defendants or respondents liable for violations of consumer protection statutes. Below, we...more

Passing AB 1897 Means Greater Liability for Employers Who Use Labor Contractors

The Issue: Today, many employers rely on labor contractors or temporary employment agencies to sustain their operations. Occasionally, however, labor contractors fail to comply with labor laws and regulations by failing to...more

The Two Exceptions to Hold a Landowner Liable for Another's Negligence

Barry P. Goldberg looks for all possible sources of recovery when his client's are injured. Often, that inquiry involves "vicarious liability" for the negligent acts of an independent contractor. At common law, a person who...more

The Devil is in the Details: Advising Your Clients on the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a fundamental shift in healthcare delivery and insurance. The law is complex and many of its provisions are delayed due to implementation difficulties. However, virtually all...more

The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege

It’s simple—the attorney-client privilege protects from discovery communications between a client and his or her lawyer. It’s challenging—the privilege applies to communications between (some) corporate representatives and...more

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