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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US Department of Labor to Aggressively Pursue Misclassification Matters

Employers have many ways of getting into trouble. We hope that after reading this you will avoid one of them; namely, misclassifying employees as independent contractors. ...more

Alabama Heightens Attention on Misclassified Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor continues its “misclassification initiative” by adding Alabama to its list of state partners. On October 2, 2014, Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington and DOL regional director Wayne...more

But Wait . . . My Workers Are Independent Contractors, Right?

Following the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent release of its Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Alabama Department of Labor, employers should not rest easy simply because they classify their workers as independent...more

Misclassification Initiatives Spread as Alabama Signs Formal Pact with DOL

On October 2, 2014, the Alabama Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or agreement to share information regarding independent contractor...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC...more

U.S. Labor Department Awards $10.2 Million to 19 States to Help Finance Their Crackdown on Independent Contractor...

The news from Washington, D.C. yesterday is that the U.S. Department of Labor is funding 19 states’ efforts to crack down on businesses that unwittingly or intentionally fail to make unemployment contributions for individuals...more

Misclassification of Employees As Independent Contractors In the News

Media outlets throughout the country have recently reported that it appears there was little to no oversight to ensure contractors, which were working on projects receiving federal stimulus money, were not misclassifying...more

State Law Can Override Control Test for Employment

Past articles in this blog have discussed the control test for establishing an employment relationship as opposed to independent contractor status. Although government agencies such as the Department of Labor or IRS describe...more

Executive Order May Block Contractors with Labor Violations from Receiving Federal Contracts

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that requires contractors to (1) disclose recent violations of various workplace laws before being awarded federal...more

Store to Pay Up to $6.5 Million for Misclassifying Workers

A national home-improvement store recently agreed to pay thousands of California workers as much as $6.5 million for improperly labeling them independent contractors (IC) instead of employees....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

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

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

The Independent Contractor: To Be or Not to Be

Just because an employer calls someone an independent contractor does not make him or her so. Because revenue-starved states have been increasingly focusing on independent contractor classification issues, challenges to the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Employee Classification Act

Yesterday in Bartlow v. Costigan, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court took a pass, for the most part, on deciding constitutional challenges to provisions of the Employee Classification Act which were amended by the legislature...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? – If You Have the Right to Control Them, They’re Yours

When we analyze the question whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, we usually approach the issue from the point of view of the Connecticut Department of Labor and apply the “ABC” test, or from the...more

Employers’ New Year’s Resolution: Review Employee v. Independent Contractor Classifications

As we enter 2014, employers should take the opportunity to review their classifications of employees and independent contractors to ensure they do not run afoul of the many overlapping statutes and regulations in this area....more

Employers Under Continued Fire from Government Agencies and Legislature for Workplace Misclassification

New York has just become the 15th state to formally align its efforts with those of the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to crack down on the misclassification of employees as “independent contractors.” New York...more

New York Partners With The U.S. Department Of Labor To Combat Worker Misclassification

On November 18, 2013, New York State announced that it is teaming with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to protect employees against misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Officials...more

New York Teams-up with the U.S. Department of Labor to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In their continued efforts to crack down on the misclassification of independent contractors, and the resulting federal and state wage and hour violations, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York Attorney...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

In An Employee’s Shoes

How to avoid paying overtime and to evade pesky employment laws? Treat your workers as “independent contractors.” Print Problem solved. Or maybe not. An appellate court has reminded employers again about the costly...more

Employee Or Independent Contractor – The War Has Been Waged

The battle between employers and government agencies over the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors (an “IC”) has been waged for years. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S....more

Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Will Remain a Top Priority Under New U.S. Secretary of Labor

The new head of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will emphasize independent contractor misclassification as a top priority. Speaking this morning at a panel discussion in Chicago hosted by the American Bar...more

Employment Classification Lessons Learned From Scantland v. Jeffry Knight Inc.

A recent Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued a strong admonition to employers: the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees may have serious financial and operational...more

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