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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What Does an Independent Contractor Mean to You? Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Independent-Contractor Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (which has jurisdiction over Alabama, Florida and Georgia) issued a ruling that is noteworthy for all employers, addressing the often-contested issue of whether a...more

Court Pulls Curtain on NLRB Ruling

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB’s finding that stagehands in the Atlanta area were employees rather than independent contractors. The Court found that the NLRB repeatedly misapplied the law and...more

Lyft Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Leaves Classification Question Unsettled

prykhodov © 123RF.com Ride-Sharing service Lyft agreed to pay $12.25 million and provide drivers with certain additional workplace protections as settlement of a proposed class action lawsuit filed in California brought by...more

Independent Contractors: Can You Still Use Them?

A while back, I got this question: Can we still use independent contractors for our business? This answer is certainly yes. But you wouldn’t know it from all the headlines of late....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016

Equal pay and EEO-1 reports made headlines last Friday as the EEOC and the White House celebrated the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The EEOC announced a proposed new requirement for federal contractors and...more

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have...more

December 2015 / January 2016 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This Update covers the two-month period of December 2015 and January 2016. The headnote for this period is: don’t classify drivers as ICs unless you do it right! Eight of the nine cases reported below involve drivers....more

Starting Off The New Year Right

As we all begin 2016 with resolutions for a better year, it is also a prime time to review your company’s policies to help avoid employment-related minefields. In addition to certain new obligations beginning this year,...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

New Year's Resolution for 2016: Avoid Independent Contractor Misclassification

The use of nonemployee workers is more prevalent than ever, and challenges to these relationships are growing just as rapidly. Entire business models are at stake. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? What this Means for your Workers Compensation Case.

How an employee is classified in Illinois factors in significantly when it comes to a workers compensation case. Many workers who sign on as independent contractors are unsure of their rights. Many employees are classified as...more

The InterConnect FLASH! NO. 52 - Transportation Industry Independant Contractor Program Assessment

Worker classification and regulatory compliance issues have resulted in numerous, costly judgments and settlements in the transportation industry. With the year drawing to a close, and no end in sight as to the pressures on...more

Signs of (American United) Life for Independent Contractor Status in Massachusetts

Independent contractor misclassification claims have become an epidemic — nationally and especially in Massachusetts. Under most tests for independent contractor status, whether an individual’s services are within the usual...more

North Carolina Governor Signs Executive Order on Worker Misclassification

On December 18, 2015, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order establishing an “Employee Classification Section” within the state’s Industrial Commission. The Order, which took effect immediately, tasked...more

Labor and Employment Law Roundup – The Year in Review

Employers have been buffeted over the last several years by significant changes in labor and employment laws at the federal, state and local levels, and 2015 was no exception. As the year draws to a close, here is a recap of...more

Oregon Supreme Court Case Reminds Businesses about the Complexity of Independent Contractor Classification

Correctly classifying workers as either employees or independent contractors can be complicated and difficult. Multiple and different classification tests apply to a single working relationship – including, but not limited...more

District Judge Rules Uber’s Arbitration Agreements Unenforceable on Public Policy Grounds

On September 2, we addressed the much-publicized O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. case (No. 13-cv-03826-EMC) pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In O’Connor, a group of 160,000...more

InterConnect FLASH! 51 – The Motor Carrier Employer Amnesty Program of California : A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Starting January 1, 2016, eligible motor carrier’s performing drayage services in California can apply for relief under the Motor Carrier Employer Amnesty Program of California (the “Program”). Under the Program, provided an...more

Uber Suffers Setbacks #3 and #4 in Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Action

Over the last nine months Uber has suffered one legal setback after another in the class action independent contractor class action lawsuit filed against it in federal court in San Francisco. Yesterday was perhaps its worst...more

The Department of Labor Takes a Stance in Employee Misclassification Cases

In a recent article, I warned all employers that government agencies are out to bust them for misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. The prior article discussed the efforts made by the United States...more

The Many Pitfalls of Worker Misclassification

Worker classification is an area of major concern for domestic and international employers of all sizes. Our Labor and Employment Group recently alerted you to significant regulatory action by the US Department of Labor...more

Florida DEO Says Uber Drivers are Independent Contractors

For anyone following the employee versus independent contractor battles, Uber just scored in Florida. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) says Uber drivers are independent contractors and are not entitled to...more

November 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

PORT TRUCK DRIVERS FILE ANOTHER CLAIM AGAINST TRUCKING COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA FOR IC MISCLASSIFICATION. - Long Beach and Los Angeles port truckers, who allege that they have been misclassified as independent...more

Are Direct Selling Companies the Next Targets for Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims?

Recently, Mary Kay, Inc. was sued in New Jersey for allegedly misclassifying a class of direct sellers as independent contractors in violation of the New Jersey Wage Payment Law. While there are direct seller exemptions from...more

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Bill Creating Independent Contractor Test For Newspaper Carriers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed several bills into law on Saturday, November 21, 2015. However, one piece of legislation that did not make it past his desk was a measure that would have created a special test under which newspaper...more

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