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Independent Contractors Employee Rights

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 -

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North Carolina law, the Act does...more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

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On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

Canada: Ontario Government's Proposed Legislation to "Create Fairer and Better Workplaces" Includes $15 Minimum Wage and Equal Pay...

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On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government issued its response to a Final Report recently released by two Special Advisors as part of their Changing Workplaces Review. This Report included 173 recommendations for amendments to...more

Littler Global Guide - United Kingdom - Q1 2017

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New Rules on Regulatory References Come Into Force - Enacted Legislation - The new rules on Regulatory References came into force on March 7, 2017. The intention of these rules, which apply to full-scope regulatory...more

Employment News - May 2017 #3

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Cards on the table – employment manifesto pledges issued - The Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have all confirmed in their manifestos that pre-Brexit EU employment rights will be maintained and that gig...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

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On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

Former head of Blair’s policy unit appointed to review workers’ rights

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Theresa May has appointed Matthew Cooke, the former head of Tony Blair’s Number 10 policy unit, to conduct a review of workers’ rights and practices. The review comes in light of concerns over the “gig economy”, zero-hours...more

Three Key Employment Updates

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We have summarised three of the most notable employment related updates for you to mull over while enjoying the summer sun. European case opens the door for easier indirect discrimination claims to be brought by...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

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

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

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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

It’s Not Just the DOL That Thinks You May Have More Employees

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Just last week, the DOL provided guidance about people treated as independent contractors, but who may really be your employees. That is just part of the trend. Another way you may have “extra” employees is through joint...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

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New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of...more

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

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This week the Government confirmed it will issue regulations requiring employers who have 250 or more employees to publish gender pay information. This blog explores the impact for employers. The Government has now...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

Employment Law - July 2015

The Impact of National Same-Sex Marriage for Employers - Why it matters: How will employers feel the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges? The landmark ruling that the Fourteenth...more

Proposed Regulations and Guidance Issued for Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

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Although the regulations are not final and may change, government contractors should take steps now to prepare for the anticipated final regulations under the Executive Order. On May 28, the Federal Acquisition...more

$228 Million: The Cost of Independent Contractor Misclassification for FedEx Ground in California

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Yesterday, June 12, FedEx announced in papers filed with the SEC that its Ground Division “has reached an agreement in principle with [drivers] in the independent contractor litigation that is pending in …California [federal...more

California Court Rejects Alleged Joint Employers' "It Wasn't Me" Defense to Worker Misclassification Claims

Notwithstanding—and perhaps because of—the emergence of the so-called "sharing economy" and its proliferation of disruptive new business models, as well as calls to re-examine the traditional and familiar employee versus...more

California Legislative Update

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The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

Sharing-economy Business Models Challenged – Uber and Lyft

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O’Connor et al v Uber Technologies Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, 11 March 2015 C-13-3826 EMC, Judge Edward M. Chen...Cotter et al v Lyft, Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, 11...more

October 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

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- TAX COURT DECISION REMINDS COMPANIES THAT “OFFICERS” ARE STATUTORY EMPLOYEES AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. The United States Tax Court held that a company that was engaged in the buying, reconditioning,...more

An Employee is an Employee is an Employee: Alexander v. FedEx Ground

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In the 1920s, author Gertrude Stein famously said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” In light of Alexander v. FedEx Ground, that phrase could just as well be: an employee is an employee is an employee. Alexander is one of many...more

Wage Order—Not Borello—Applies in Independent Contractor Status Test Says California Court of Appeal

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The California Court of Appeal, Second District, issued an opinion on October 15, 2014, that considered whether the definition of “employee” from the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 9 (Wage Order) or the common...more

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