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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New York Establishes a Super IC Misclassification-Plus Task Force

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 159 expanding the existing Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification into a Joint Enforcement Task Force on Worker Exploitation and...more

Evolving Hiring Methods in the Gig Economy

The Gig economy is revolutionizing the employment arena and, as noted in our recent blog post, it shows no sign of slowing down or waiting for others to catch up. One change that is front and center is the evolution of...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 55 - Disruptors Continue to Create Challenges for the Independent Contractor Business Model

Disruptors Continue to Create Challenges for the Independent Contractor Business Model - Our increasingly on-demand, technology-driven economy has been a petri dish for disruptive business models that are responsible...more

Gig Employer Heartburn: Challenge to GrubHub’s Classification System Continues

A putative class action case, alleging that online food delivery service GrubHub misclassified its drivers, has survived a motion to dismiss and will proceed in California federal court. Noting that GrubHub’s view of the...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

Uniform Wage Garnishment Act Approved by Commission

What employer would not like to reduce its legal risks and administrative costs? The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) presented employers with just that opportunity when on July 13, 2016 it finished three years of studying and...more

2016 Executive Employer Survey Report

The fifth annual report examines the legal, economic and social issues having the greatest impact on the workplace, based on survey responses from more than 800 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite...more

This Awesome Infographic Explains How The Gig Economy Works

Here is a link to an awesome infographic that explains how the gig economy works. It comes from a recent Business Insider post entitled, “This awesome infographic explains how the 'gig economy' works.” I think you’ll find it...more

Classifying Independent Contractors and Employees – The $100 Million Question

Whether a service provider is correctly classified as an employee or an independent contractor has an important legal consequence: potential liability, both to misclassified employees and to regulators for fines. Many startup...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Examiner.com Sails to Victory in DMCA Safe Harbor

Addressing whether the owner of a media website could invoke the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2016

Last year the General Assembly enacted legislation prohibiting all public and private sector employers from disciplining an employee for “discussing the amount of his or her wages [or] inquiring about the wages of another...more

June 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The poster children of IC misclassification cases dominated the news in June: Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, FedEx, an exotic dance club, and a trucking transport company. It was not a good month for any of them, yet as we have...more

Fight Between Gig Rivals Uber and Lyft Runs Out of Gas

Uber and Lyft, perhaps two of the most widely known gig economy employers, have resolved their nearly two-year legal battle which started when Lyft sued Travis VanderZanden, Lyft’s former COO, who left Lyft and became a top...more

Brazil’s eSocial—Is Your Company Ready for Compliance by September?

The Brazilian government has developed a groundbreaking unified electronic platform for mandatory reporting of employee data, payroll data, health and safety records, and tax information. The program, “eSocial,” will...more

Maryland Employers Will Face Tougher Sanctions for Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors

The heightened focus on misclassification of workers as independent contractors should cause concern for employers. At least 30 states have partnered with the federal government to target worker misclassification, with...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of D.C. Circuit’s Decision Upholding DOL Home Care Rule as Regulatory and Litigation Focus on Home...

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ petition for a writ of certiorari in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, leaving the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Home Care Rule intact. The Home...more

Some Thoughts from the Feds on the Gig Economy

In recent months, the gig economy has increasingly been the subject of articles, blog posts, studies, and podcasts. In June, not wanting to miss the party, the U.S. Department of Commerce contributed a twenty-seven page...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2016

President Signs Legislation Modernizing Federal Chemical Regulation Law - Overhaul of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has important business implications for consumer product manufacturers and retailers. ...more

What Employers Need to Know About the New State Garnishment Laws, Part II: Tennessee, California, South Dakota, and West Virginia

The requirements and processes applicable to employers handling garnishments are primarily governed by state law—meaning that multi-state employers need to be aware of the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) in...more

Wait – Senator Warren DIDN’T Slam The Gig Economy?

Outspoken Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren isn’t known for mincing words. Whether she’s telling a big bank to “go to hell” from the floor of the Congress or calling Donald Trump a cancerous demagogue, she is anything...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Fourth Circuit's Exotic Dancer Decision May Affect Other Independent Contractor Classifications

Earlier this month in McFeeley v. Jackson Street Entertainment, LLC, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) concluded that exotic dancers were employees entitled to minimum...more

$240 Million Settlement Closes Chapter on FedEx IC Misclassification Lawsuits

FedEx yesterday announced that it reached a settlement of its remaining independent contractor class action lawsuits in 20 states with its Ground Division drivers for $240 million, pending court approval. Coming on the heels...more

10th Circuit Reverses Punitive Damages Against Property Owner Based on Use of “Reputable” Contractor

As we reported earlier this month, courts sometimes disregard the general rule of non-liability for the conduct of independent contractors, and allow liability to be imposed against principals — including for punitive damages...more

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