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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 -

Worker Classification Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued a reminder for small businesses on the importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Employers failing to do this correctly...more

Certification Of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied Due To Predominance Of Individualized Issues

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

Where Do Fitness Instructors "Fit" In The Current Worker Classification System?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

They say location is everything in business. How about classification of workers? In certain industries, workers have a unique combination of specified skills and relative freedom to do their job. ...more

Landing a New Gig: Lessons for the “On Demand” Economy

In the past few years, the American workforce has shifted dramatically. By some estimates, as many as 53 million Americans are now self-employed. Many of them work in the “gig” or “on demand” economy, which has emerged as the...more

Update: NYC Adopts New Rules Implementing Freelance Law

Earlier this year, we reported that New York City adopted The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”). As explained in our prior blog, under the...more

Court Says Uber Drivers Can Proceed With National Misclassification Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court judge in North Carolina last week granted permission to a group of Uber drivers challenging the company’s classification structure to band together and proceed with a class action lawsuit against the...more

Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee

by Jaburg Wilk on

Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify...more

Need for Individual Scrutiny Kills FLSA Collective Action – That’s The Cure For This Disease

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have blogged on this topic many times but I never tire of it. What is the way to defeat a class action? The magic bullet? The answer? Too much individual scrutiny is needed! Another Judge has proven me right on this. A...more

The Square Peg and the Round Hole – W2 Driver or IC? Let the Judge (as the Jury) Finally Decide!

by Fisher Phillips on

GrubHub, the food delivery app, has been in a legal battle with a former delivery driver over the driver’s classification as an independent contractor since 2015. Initially filed as a class action in state court in San...more

The Ultimate Misclassification Showdown Could Be Right Around The Corner

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig employers returning from the Fourth of July holiday were in for a rude awakening when they learned about the fireworks that just went down in a California federal court. Right before the holiday weekend, Judge Jacqueline...more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

New Rules Applicable to NYC’s Freelance Isn't Free Act Prevents Covered Employers from Utilizing Arbitration Provisions and Class...

by Littler on

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act goes into effect on July 24, 2017. Anticipated rules to “clarify” the Act, which amend Title 6 of the City’s Rules by adding a new chapter 12, have now been promulgated by the...more

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration....more

Second Circuit "Drives" Forward Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

In an April 2017 decision, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action brought by New York-area "black car" drivers, workers providing high-end transportation services in limousines and other upscale...more

DOL: "Joint Employer" and "Independent Contractor" Guidance Out and Wage and Hour Opinion Letters In

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of withdrawing published interpretations of the concepts of “joint employer” and “independent contractor,” the Secretary of Labor announced this week that it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters....more

Proposed Changes to Ontario Employment and Labour Laws

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisors released their Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) which outlines 173 recommendations to amend the Employment Standards Act...more

What The Change In Course By The USDOL On Worker Classification Means For NJ Employers

As my colleague John Buckley wrote about in our Lehigh Valley Employment Blog, several weeks ago Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance...more

Uber’s Former CEO and Current Chairman of the Board Sued Personally for Independent Contractor Misclassification – Is This an...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Last week, the lawyers representing drivers who have sued Uber in California commenced another lawsuit on behalf of drivers alleging that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees. This lawsuit,...more

The future of work: using the gig economy to your advantage

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One of the more interesting recent developments in relation to work has been the continual rise and development of the gig economy – that is, workers developing niche areas of specialist expertise, but having careers...more

Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

Employment Law Now I-10- Independent Contractors, Age Discrimination, Performance Reviews, Web Site Accessibility, and Ducks, TIEs...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses current employment law news, trends, developments and guest analysis. This episode addresses independent contractor misclassification,...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers: What It Means and What Employers Should Do Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently withdrew the federal Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) Obama-era guidance documents on independent contractors and joint employment. Those documents,...more

Next Crack In The Wall: NY Uber Drivers Held To Be Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Back in October, we reported that there appeared to be the first crack in the wall when it came to classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. At that time, it was reported that the New York...more

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