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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 -

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

Employer Alert: Department of Labor Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that the Obama-era administrative interpretations regarding joint employment and the classification of a worker as an independent contractor or employee has been...more

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employee Misclassification

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Most employers are familiar with legal issues surrounding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. Until recently, these discussions centered primarily around the decision on how a worker should...more

New South Carolina Decision Impacts How Employers Classify Workers

This blog has previously covered the potential pitfalls of classifying workers as independent contractors. While classifying a worker as a “1099” offers many potential benefits on the business side, it can expose the company...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

NC “Employee Classification” Law Warrants Caution But Doesn’t Change Substantive Law

On August 11, Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act. The portion of the legislation that deals with worker classifications will take effect December 31....more

Will Dealerships And Third-Party Detailers Continue To Face Increased DOL Scrutiny?

by Fisher Phillips on

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) placed special emphasis on scrutinizing the alleged misclassification of independent contractors and joint employer relationships. Dealerships were notably...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Landing a New Gig: Lessons for the “On Demand” Economy

In the past few years, the American workforce has shifted dramatically. By some estimates, as many as 53 million Americans are now self-employed. Many of them work in the “gig” or “on demand” economy, which has emerged as the...more

Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee

by Jaburg Wilk on

Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify...more

In Pro-Employer Move, Trump Administration Withdraws DOL Guidance Letters

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

President Trump’s reputation as a no-holds-barred businessman was one of the pillars of his campaign. Six months into office, Trump’s administration is showing its pro-business (or pro-employer) tendencies through recent...more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

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. June 2017 was no different, with...more

Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration....more

Employment Law - June 2017 #3

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance, Promises More Change - Why it matters - The new Secretary of Labor officially withdrew the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance on joint employment and independent contractors, although...more

Updates in Federal Employment Law

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No-Recording Policies at Work Must Be Limited - On June 1, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board that the federal National...more

How Will Federal Legal and Regulatory Changes Impact Connecticut Employers?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For the last six years, you haven’t seen much on this blog about changes to federal employment laws because, well, there just weren’t any. What we DID see, however, were changes to regulations and enforcement orders....more

How Does the Withdrawal of the DOL’s 2015 and 2016 Informal Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors by Trump’s...

On June 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance documents on joint employment and independent contractors. In the three...more

What The Change In Course By The USDOL On Worker Classification Means For NJ Employers

As my colleague John Buckley wrote about in our Lehigh Valley Employment Blog, several weeks ago Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers: What It Means and What Employers Should Do Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently withdrew the federal Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) Obama-era guidance documents on independent contractors and joint employment. Those documents,...more

Next Crack In The Wall: NY Uber Drivers Held To Be Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Back in October, we reported that there appeared to be the first crack in the wall when it came to classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. At that time, it was reported that the New York...more

DOL Withdraws Interpretation of “Joint Employment” and “Independent Contractors” Rules: What Does this Mean for Me?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be withdrawing two Administrative Interpretations issued during the previous administration regarding...more

Has The Dismantling of the Labor Regulatory Regime Commenced?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Trump campaign promised regulatory reform, and most experts expected the new administration would target some of the Department of Labor regulations, enforcement actions, and guidances under the Obama administration that...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Misclassification

Last week, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance documents. In 2015, the Department issued guidance regarding the misclassification of...more

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