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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DOL Issues Warning to Companies Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

Employer misclassification of employees as contractors has filled recent newspaper articles and caught the attention of legislators in the Carolinas and beyond. Last week, the federal Department of Labor entered the fray,...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

Senate Democrats Re-Introduce the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 Soon After Hillary Clinton Seeks to Insert IC...

Shortly after Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton placed independent contractor misclassification in the national spotlight in mid-July 2015 when she prominently commented in a campaign speech upon the expanding use of ICs...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

Latest on Uber: Are the Drivers Employees or Independent Contractors?

The California Labor Commission recently ruled an Uber driver was an employee of Uber–as opposed to an independent contractor–and therefore must be reimbursed approximately $4,000.00 for expenses she incurred as an Uber...more

Employer Wage and Hour Headaches Continue in 2015

The trend of wage and hour developments facing employers continues in 2015 with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issuing a proposed rule that would update the regulations governing the white collar exemptions to...more

DOL Continues Misclassification Push, Says “Most Workers Are Employees,” Not Contractors

When is a worker really in business for him or herself? This is the fundamental question addressed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, released July 15, 2015 (the...more

What If Your Independent Contractor Is Really a Dependent Contractor?

Many employers hire independent contractors to assist in their workplace and in most cases, the assumption is that doing so will result in minimal or no notice of termination having to be paid at the end of the relationship. ...more

Lawmakers Introduce Worker Misclassification Legislation

Two weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator's Interpretation cautioning that "most workers are employees," Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill targeting worker...more

Independent Contractor and Exempt Employee Classification Review Should Include Joint-Employer Status

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) issuance last week of independent-contractor misclassification guidelines—as well as its recent issuance of proposed changes to the overtime rules—underscores that employers should be...more

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has gained both praise and notoriety for shaking up the taxi industry by allowing individuals who meet minimum requirements to provide an on-demand car service via the Uber mobile app. In...more

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

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

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

Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

Department of Labor Guidance Clarifies Classification of Employees Under Fair Labor Standards Act

On July 15, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance to employers in determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards...more

DOL’s Recent Guidance on the “Economic Realities” Test and Effects on Independent Contractor Misclassification in the Energy...

Paying hot-shot drivers by the load or mile? Contracting out repair work to vehicles or machinery? Are individuals who regularly perform work integral to your business being paid through accounts payable? Have welders that...more

Second Circuit Revives Contract Attorney’s Misclassification Suit

On July 23, 2015, the Second Circuit, in Lola v. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Tower Legal Staffing, Inc., revived a putative collective action brought by David Lola, a contract attorney, against Skadden and Tower...more

Wage and Hour Division Targets Independent Contractors

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released an Administrator’s Interpretation providing guidance on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. The guidance sets forth a...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Independent Contractors

The misclassification of employees as independent contractors continues to be a hot issue and to receive attention at the state and federal levels. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”)...more

More Risks to Consider When Using Contract Attorneys

Our previous article, "What to do When Hiring a Contract Attorney" (Daily Report, June 15, 2015), discussed some of the rewards and risks of using contract attorneys. Based on the response from readers, one thing is...more

“Heads, You Lose! Tails, I Win!” No Matter Which Way You Play It, The Department Of Labor Interpretation Of Independent Contractor...

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” that elucidates the DOL’s views on the issue of who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor...more

New California Law Recognizes Cheerleaders as Employees Not Independent Contractors

Amid recent review of employees being misclassified as independent contractors, which may not entitle them to overtime, sick days and other protections, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring that...more

Think Your Workers are Independent Contractors? Not So Fast Says the DOL

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that purports to clarify on one of the most challenging legal questions facing employers today: are certain workers employees or...more

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