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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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

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

UK Employment Tribunal Rules that Individuals Working in the “Gig Economy” are Entitled to Paid Leave

An Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom ruled that a bicycle courier for CitySprint, a delivery firm, was a worker rather than self-employed and therefore entitled to paid leave. This is the most recent decision in a...more

UK Court of Appeal Provides Important Ruling on Employment Status

In an important decision regarding employment status in the United Kingdom (UK), the Court of Appeal, in Pimlico Plumbers Limited v. Smith, dismissed an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers concerning the employment status of a former...more

Gig Economy — Bike Couriers Set the Wheels in Motion on Workers Benefits

‘Gig’ economy: Latest developments - In a further challenge by a worker in the ‘gig’ economy, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier was a ‘worker’ and qualified for various employment protections. The...more

Florida Court Rules Uber Drivers are Not Employees

In a somewhat surprising but positive development for gig companies, a Florida state appellate court ruled on February 1, 2017 that Uber drivers are independent contractors, NOT employees, and therefore not entitled to...more

Is the USDOL Making it Easier for On-Demand Workers to Claim Misclassification?

The on-demand economy has certainly changed the way people provide and receive services. It may also be changing the way the government focuses its enforcement priorities. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

This is Lowe’s, Don’t Be Like Lowe’s: A Checklist For Employers

Have you ever bought an appliance from Lowe’s Home Centers and been told that you have to contact one of its “licensed installers” and setup a time for them to come to your house to install the appliance? Subsequently, when...more

Uber Scores Victory Compelling Arbitration in Wage & Hour Misclassification Suit

Just a few days after being in the news and facing consumer boycotts for allegedly seeking to profit as a result of a taxi boycott of JFK International Airport related to President Trump’s immigration Executive Order, Uber...more

Latest "Gig Economy" Case: Courier Held to Be a Worker

In the latest in a string of cases concerning the employment status of those working in the “gig economy”, the Employment Tribunal in Dewhurst v City Sprint UK Ltd ET2202512/2016 considered whether a courier was a worker or a...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Cleans Up Questions on Dog Groomers' Employment Status

Individuals performing the main function of your business cannot be classified as independent contractors in Tennessee. At least, that’s what the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled recently when analyzing whether the Tennessee...more

Arizona Legislative Assistance in Correctly Classifying Workersas Independent Contractors

One of the most common and problematic issues confronting employers in every industry today is the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Such misclassifications are a key enforcement target of both federal...more

New York State and Seattle Lead Discussion on Portable Benefits

In an effort to head off litigation by workers claiming they have been misclassified as contractors, companies using a largely on-demand workforce have been working with the New York State Assembly to develop a system of...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

CitySprint courier delivered employee status by employment tribunal

In another case focusing on the gig economy, the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a CitySprint bike courier was a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, the...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

December 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

In our update for last month’s developments in this area of the law, we report on five significant court cases involving companies in the transportation industry that use ICs as an integral part of their business model. Each...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Appellate Division Rules That Paid Blogger Was Not An “Employee” Entitled To Unemployment Benefits, Signaling Trend Toward More...

One of the recurring themes in workplace law in 2016 was the continued crackdown on independent contractor misclassification. Both federal and state agencies, as well as the plaintiffs’ bar, invested significant resources to...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 59 - Massachusetts "ABC" Test Court Decision: Fresh Application On Old Spin

Over the last two years, the Benesch Transportation & Logistics Team has written in various installments of the FLASH about the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, §148B (the “Massachusetts...more

Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded...more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

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