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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DOL Issues Guidance Concluding that Most Workers are Employees Under the FLSA

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance addressing independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, the DOL interprets the...more

Department of Labor Makes Its Move

With just more than a year left in this administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) has rolled out two major initiatives that promise to keep employers busy ensuring they are in compliance. First, in...more

The Real Battle over Independent Contractors and the ABC Test In Connecticut

You’ve no doubt heard lots about how the U.S. Department of Labor is cracking down on independent contractors. I’ve recapped it before and my former colleague, Jonathan Orleans, has a new post regarding Uber & electricians....more

SuperVision Today - August 2015

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to the third quarter edition of SuperVision Today, the quarterly e-newsletter published by Spilman's Labor & Employment Group... ...In this edition of SuperVision...more

The Electrician Is An Independent Contractor; The Uber Driver Isn’t

When I talk to businesspeople about the legal differences between employees and independent contractors, I often offer the electrician who comes to the office to fix a wiring problem as the paradigmatic independent...more

Construction Industry Listed as a Top Priority for Misclassification Audits

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its 2015 Misclassification Initiative aimed at combatting misclassification of employees as independent contractors. At the top of its target list? Employers in...more

Surprise! That Independent Contractor is an Employee!

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has given employers some bitter pills to swallow lately, especially in light of the proposed rule concerning new restrictions on the white collar overtime exemption. With a new set of guidance...more

FLSA: Changes Continue to Affect Employers

This past year has brought major changes to the laws affecting wage and hour issues. The Department of Labor has been particularly active this year putting out its first Administrator’s Interpretation regarding independent...more

DOL Memo Provides Script for FLSA Collective Actions Alleging Independent Contractor Misclassification

The all-time best The Far Side cartoon (based on an unscientific survey, sample size of me) is the one with two deer standing in the forest, one with a red circular target imprinted on its chest. The other deer says, “Bummer...more

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

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

Employment Law Trends for 2015

Few can quibble with the fact that 2015 has been a busy year for employment law. From historic pronouncements of the Supreme Court concerning fundamental and civil rights, to the Department of Labor’s release of guidance to...more

Combatting Employee Misclassification under the FLSA

Correctly classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor is critical. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been occurring in an increasing number of workplaces, and the Department of...more

USDOL Issues New Guidance Stating That Most Workers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the USDOL issued guidance for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the FLSA. The main takeaway from the guidance is that when analyzing the applicable independent...more

Employment Law - August 2015

California Sick Leave Law Gets Updates - Why it matters: California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act just took effect on July 1 but Governor Jerry Brown has already signed into law tweaks to the statute....more

USDOL Accelerates Attack on Businesses Using Contract Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched two major initiatives designed to encourage individual workers who are contract service providers to bring misclassification claims and lawsuits. According to the Department, “most...more

Everybody is an Employee…Maybe…Possibly

Businesses operating in or expanding to the US, including those from Ireland and Northern Ireland, use independent contractors to avoid some of the baggage associated with the employer/employee relationship under US law. The...more

Perspectives - July 2015

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which...more

Miss Any of the Major Wage & Hour Law News this Summer? We’ve Got You Covered

Developments in wage and hour law made major waves for employers this summer. They include: (1) proposed new overtime regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); (2) an announced crackdown by the DOL on employers who...more

Most Workers Are Employees, DOL Says

Most workers should be classified as employees, and not independent contractors, and be paid minimum wage and overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor said in an Administrator’s Interpretation issued July 15. The...more

Declaration of (In)Dependence? New Department of Labor Guidelines on Lawful Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has fired a new salvo in its war on worker misclassification in the form of Administrator's Interpretation 2015-1, which challenges the widespread employer practice of declaring the...more

Employee versus Independent Contractor? New DOL Guidance Suggests that Most Workers are Employees

In the wake of recent lawsuits and administrative proceedings against Lyft, Uber and other similar companies for misclassifying employees as independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided new...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 19

Zombie Lien in Washington State: The Lien That Just Won’t Die - In Shelcon Construction Group v. Hammond and Anchor Mutual Savings Bank, decided on May 27, 2015, a Washington State Court of Appeals court determined that...more

Independent Contractor or Employee: Do You Pass the “Economic Realities” Test?

In the first Administrator’s Interpretation issued in more than a year, the Department of Labor has recently weighed in on the debate over the misclassification of employees—a  debate that has been stirred up of late by...more

July 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This July was another month where independent contractor compliance and misclassification was a topic that made front page news. Hillary Clinton placed independent contractor misclassification in the national spotlight when...more

DOL Proposes New FLSA Test for Employee Exemptions and Issues New Guidance for Independent Contractor Classifications

What you need to know: The Department of Labor recently proposed an important change to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would significantly reduce the number of employees who are properly deemed “exempt” from the...more

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