Independent Contractors

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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Latest Misclassification Settlement Fails To Lyft Sharing Economy Companies

Late last week, a federal court judge in California approved a settlement agreement whereby ride-sharing company Lyft agreed to pay $27 million to approximately 95,000 California drivers who alleged they were misclassified as...more

Court of Appeals Again Rejects National Labor Relations Board, Finds FedEx Ground Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a published opinion earlier this month emphasized that it means what it says. In 2009, the Court held in FedEx I that single-route FedEx drivers in Wilmington, Massachusetts...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Independent Contractor Classification

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he or she provides services to only one employer. The court’s decision, which was officially released on March 21,...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Test for Independent Contractors

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he/she works with only one company. Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment...more

The Future Rise Of The “Contributor” – Are We Closer To Finding That Elusive Third Category Of Worker?

According to a recent survey by Randstad US, an HR and staffing services company a growing number of workers prefer to be known as “contributors” rather than employees or independent contractors. Reflecting a restlessness in...more

Tax and non-executive directors

In the 2016 Budget Review, the Minister of Finance stated that in terms of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the ITA) and the Value-Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (the VAT Act), a non-executive director’s (NED) fees may be subject to...more

Spoiler Alert: Rulings Expected on Uber and Lyft Independent Contractor Settlements

Judges in California will likely soon issue rulings affecting two ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft. Those connected with the Lyft case will be pleased because it is expected that a federal district court judge in San...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

Breaking: Conn. Supreme Court Clarifies ABC Test for Independent Contractors

I’m back with news of a relatively big decision today from the Connecticut Supreme Court. In the decision, the Court clarified an important question that the Connecticut Department of Labor had been pushing hard....more

Independent Contractor Standards Uncertain Despite New Administration

Seyfarth Synopsis: It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will redirect its enforcement priorities away from independent contractor misclassification issues or curtail the applicable standards in the coming...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

FedEx Succeeds Again On Appeal of an NLRB Ruling on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In the past 2-1/2 years, FedEx has suffered through some appellate court setbacks in the area of independent contractor misclassification, beginning with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year in Review - From case law interpreting one of, if not, the most employee-friendly independent contractor statute in the country to Beacon Hill’s efforts to pass non-competition...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

Uber Court Victory A Win For Sharing Economy Companies Everywhere

A California court quietly granted ride-sharing giant Uber a significant victory last week in the ongoing misclassification battle over whether its drivers are properly classified as independent contractors. Although this...more

February 2017: The 12 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always evolving at a rapid pace, leading us to summarize a few of the most significant cases from the previous month. February 2017 was another month that saw dramatic developments,...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - February 2016

INSURANCE; BAD FAITH; GENUINE DISPUTE DOCTRINE - Paslay v. State Farm General Insurance Co. (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 639 203 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 - FACTS: State Farm issued a homeowners policy to Paslay, the...more

UK: Court of Appeal Reconsiders Test to Determine "Worker" Status

The gig economy is expanding fast. Although it brings great benefits, such as flexibility for companies and individuals, it also has generated concerns regarding workplace protections and social inequalities. In the UK, the...more

Joint Employment: Are Your Subcontractors Leaving You at Risk?

In a recent article, we discussed steps taken by the U.S. Department of Labor ("USDOL") to crackdown on the rampant misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The USDOL effectively created a default rule that...more

In Which Direction Will President Trump Take The Gig Economy?

President Trump has spent much of the first month of his presidency embroiled in controversy over his immigration policies. His economic proposals – part and parcel of his campaign – have taken a backseat to attempts at...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff claimed to be an employee of Northwestern Mutual and therefore protected under New York's minimum wage and overtime laws; Northwestern argued...more

Worker status – Pimlico Plumbers case

Pimlico Plumbers engaged Mr Smith as a plumber for around five and a half years. Four months after he suffered a heart attack, Pimlico brought the engagement to an end. Mr Smith issued proceedings in the employment tribunal...more

You Might Want To Introduce This New App To Your Gig Workers

My colleague Brandy Cody recently published a blog post that described several tools available to gig workers to help them manage their work. As predicted by Cynthia Federico in her blog post a couple of weeks ago, companies...more

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