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Independent Contractors Fair Labor Standards Act

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 -

Flagged Down: Second Circuit Finds NYC “Black Car” Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a class action of New York City “black car” drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors by their dispatchers. In reaching its ruling, the Court found...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

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During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

Federal Court Provides Roadmap For Misclassification Success – Sort Of

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Ruling In Favor Of Independent Contractor Status Provides Boost To Gig Economy - A federal appeals court in New York handed a massive victory to a car service enterprise yesterday, ruling that a group of workers...more

Is This Your New Roadmap To Misclassification Success? Maybe.

by Fisher Phillips on

This is a big deal The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came down in favor of a sharing economy business in a misclassification case yesterday, ruling that a group of black-car drivers were independent contractors and not...more

Black Car Drivers in New York City Held Independent Contractors By Federal Court of Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While Uber has dominated the headlines when it comes to whether drivers on their on-demand, ride-sharing platforms are independent contractors or employees, similar battles are being waged elsewhere in the car service...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

by Genova Burns LLC on

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

February 2017: The 12 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

The world of labor and employment law is always evolving at a rapid pace, leading us to summarize a few of the most significant cases from the previous month. February 2017 was another month that saw dramatic developments,...more

Joint Employment: Are Your Subcontractors Leaving You at Risk?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

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

Fourth Circuit Decision Establishes New Six-Factor Test for Determining Joint Employment under the FLSA

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On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit established a new six-factor test to determine whether two or more entities are joint employers for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). ...more

Fourth Circuit Offers New Test for Joint Employment under FLSA

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. has broad implications...more

Sunset for day rates?

by DLA Piper on

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

‘Not Completely Disassociated’: 4th Circuit Creates New FLSA Joint Employer Test

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Jan. 25, 2017, in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., the 4th Circuit created a brand-new test for joint employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The 4th Circuit’s approach to FLSA joint employer...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

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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

Pay Transparency and Paid Sick Leave Obligations May Apply to 2017 Federal Contracts

by Morgan Lewis on

Contractors and subcontractors that enter into or renew federal contracts after January 1, 2017 should be mindful of requirements to provide detailed wage statements and paid sick leave to covered workers....more

Restaurant and Business Leader Andy Puzder Picked to Lead the DOL

by Littler on

President-elect Donald Trump has formally named Andy Puzder as his choice to be the next Secretary of Labor. Currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company to several fast-food chains, Puzder is a long-time advocate...more

Post No Bills? Employers Have To Post Plenty!

This year is ending with quite a few changes in various federal workplace posters. To ensure that employers, especially federal contractors, have kept up with the required changes, here is a summary: - Federal 6-in-1...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

What Employers May Expect with Trump in Office

by Reed Smith on

This installment of our ongoing series prognosticating about the new Presidential administration focuses on the regulatory environment employers may face. President-elect Trump has promised to revoke a number of the more...more

Labor & Employment Hot Topics Impacting the Construction Industry

A number of employment-related developments are likely to impact the construction industry. This article is intended to briefly summarize some of these developments....more

New York’s Highest Court Rules that Yoga Instructors are Independent Contractors: But Can Other Employers Hold that Pose?

The New York State Court of Appeals and New York City recently provided additional guidance for – and imposed additional requirements on – New York employers that use independent contractors. In In re Yoga Vida NYC, Inc....more

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: What Employers Need to Know

If you’re an employer, given the daily balance of juggling business goals, budget concerns and employee harmony, it might seem that you spend most days trying to pull the proverbial rabbit out of your hat. But if your...more

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