Independent Contractors The United States Department of Labor

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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U.S. Department of Labor Releases “Misclassification Mythbuster” Publication Related to Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released 12 questions and answers in a publication called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” It appears that the publication is intended to educate/inform individuals about whether...more

“Misclassification Mythbusters”: The Labor Department’s Latest Effort to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor has just released a dozen Q&A’s on the issue of IC misclassification in an online publication it calls “Misclassification Mythbusters.” The 12 IC misclassification “myths” that it seeks to debunk...more

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent...more

WWE Misclassification Lawsuit Claims Performers’ Status as Independent Contractors Caused Long-Term Brain Injuries

Another major sports organization has been hit on the head with a concussion lawsuit. Most recently, former WWE performers claim that they suffered concussions and other head injuries that have resulted in long-term brain...more

Wage and Hour Claims Surge in the Oil and Gas Industry

Since 2012, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reports that it has recovered over $40 million in back wages for employees in the oil and gas industry.  Employers in the industry can expect claims to rise as the DOL...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New FLSA and EPPA Posters

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new workplace posters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). ...more

The ABC’s Of Worker Classification Are Once Again Before The Connecticut Supreme Court

We have blogged before about the “ABC Test,” used in Connecticut to determine whether a worker is considered an employee for purposes of eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits. Most recently, my partner Michael...more

More Mythbusting

Here at the Navigator, we were very pleased by the positive reaction to last month’s post about employment law myths that can get employers in trouble, and we’re glad it was helpful. Although the inaccurate beliefs described...more

The Concept Of Independent Contractor Is Under Assault— Especially In California

The traditional working classification of independent contractor, as we have known it, may soon go the way of the dinosaur, the horseless carriage, and the telegraph. Although perhaps your gardener, pool man or family...more

Employers Must Comply with DOL's Updated Posting Requirements

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued on July 27, 2016, regulations that require covered employers to update their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage posters and their federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)...more

DOL, Pa. DLI Partnership Aims to Curb Employee Misclassification

As part of its ongoing employee misclassification initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance (BLLC), to...more

5 Keys to New AZ IC Law

We have repeatedly blogged on the Pushmi-Pullyu world of independent contractor relationships, a world in which employers can do no right. (DOL Says Employers Are Morons) Well, Arizona recently enacted a law providing at...more

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

At any particular time, a technology company may devote all of its time and attention to an urgent development project, an investor pitch or closing a round of financing. Those activities certainly make for good press and...more

[Webinar] Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers - August 16th, 1:00pm EDT

Employers’ perceptions about their legal responsibilities for certain workers is not always reality. Although an employer may classify workers as temporary workers or independent contractors, that does not mean the...more

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

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

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

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

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

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

Losing Control: The USDOL's Latest Independent Contractor Test

The use and misuse of independent contractor status has been one of the most talked about issues facing businesses over the past decade. Major newspapers have published exposés, lawmakers have threatened new legislation, and...more

Sharing is caring: Are Uber, Lyft drivers independent contractors?

Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business,...more

You might be an Employee if….

On Friday, I used the phrase “Uber Settlement” as (maybe) click-bait to introduce an important, but hidden, issue facing Irish and Northern Irish companies operating in the US. As I noted in that post, many Irish and Northern...more

April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

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