Independent Contractors Misclassification

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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Decision Reflects Danger in Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

A recent decision by a federal district court in Maryland highlights the dangers in classifying individuals as independent contractors instead of employees. (Randolph v. PowerComm Construction, Inc.) In this case, the...more

DOL Issues Guidance Concluding that Most Workers are Employees Under the FLSA

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance addressing independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, the DOL interprets the...more

FedEx Workers Ruled Employees, Not Independent Contractors – and the IRS Weighs In

Developments continue to come almost daily about misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Wage and hour cases, tax rulings, and discrimination charges all are part of the mix....more

Department of Labor Makes Its Move

With just more than a year left in this administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) has rolled out two major initiatives that promise to keep employers busy ensuring they are in compliance. First, in...more

The Real Battle over Independent Contractors and the ABC Test In Connecticut

You’ve no doubt heard lots about how the U.S. Department of Labor is cracking down on independent contractors. I’ve recapped it before and my former colleague, Jonathan Orleans, has a new post regarding Uber & electricians....more

Australia – Examination of the Test to Determine Worker Status: Independent Contractor or Employee?

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia recently considered whether an agency contractor was an employee or an independent contractor in the case of Tattsbet Limited v. Morrow [2015] FCAFC 62. Overturning the lower...more

Three Key Employment Updates

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

SuperVision Today - August 2015

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to the third quarter edition of SuperVision Today, the quarterly e-newsletter published by Spilman's Labor & Employment Group... ...In this edition of SuperVision...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

Cash Payments to Workers; Convenience or Crime?

A common technique used to pay immigrants who are ineligible to lawfully work and to pay lawful workers "offbook" in order to reduce reported payroll for workers compensation and other purposes is to pay workers wholly or...more

Construction Industry Listed as a Top Priority for Misclassification Audits

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its 2015 Misclassification Initiative aimed at combatting misclassification of employees as independent contractors. At the top of its target list? Employers in...more

Surprise! That Independent Contractor is an Employee!

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has given employers some bitter pills to swallow lately, especially in light of the proposed rule concerning new restrictions on the white collar overtime exemption. With a new set of guidance...more

FLSA: Changes Continue to Affect Employers

This past year has brought major changes to the laws affecting wage and hour issues. The Department of Labor has been particularly active this year putting out its first Administrator’s Interpretation regarding independent...more

DOL Memo Provides Script for FLSA Collective Actions Alleging Independent Contractor Misclassification

The all-time best The Far Side cartoon (based on an unscientific survey, sample size of me) is the one with two deer standing in the forest, one with a red circular target imprinted on its chest. The other deer says, “Bummer...more

Alaska Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent...more

Employment Law Trends for 2015

Few can quibble with the fact that 2015 has been a busy year for employment law. From historic pronouncements of the Supreme Court concerning fundamental and civil rights, to the Department of Labor’s release of guidance to...more

Combatting Employee Misclassification under the FLSA

Correctly classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor is critical. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been occurring in an increasing number of workplaces, and the Department of...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

USDOL Accelerates Attack on Businesses Using Contract Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched two major initiatives designed to encourage individual workers who are contract service providers to bring misclassification claims and lawsuits. According to the Department, “most...more

Everybody is an Employee…Maybe…Possibly

Businesses operating in or expanding to the US, including those from Ireland and Northern Ireland, use independent contractors to avoid some of the baggage associated with the employer/employee relationship under US law. The...more

Perspectives - July 2015

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which...more

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

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

Even if Uber Loses Class Certification Motion Today, All Is Not Lost for Ride-Sharing Tech Giant

August 6, 2015 may be a day that Uber drivers in California win preliminary approval of their motion for class certification in their independent contractor misclassification lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

Declaration of (In)Dependence? New Department of Labor Guidelines on Lawful Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has fired a new salvo in its war on worker misclassification in the form of Administrator's Interpretation 2015-1, which challenges the widespread employer practice of declaring the...more

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