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Independent Contractors Fair Labor Standards Act 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 -

Judge OK’s $8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in...more

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance Letters Leaving Employers to Pick up the Pieces

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) guidance on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama administration,...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOL Withdraws Interpretation of “Joint Employment” and “Independent Contractors” Rules: What Does this Mean for Me?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be withdrawing two Administrative Interpretations issued during the previous administration regarding...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Misclassification

Last week, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance documents. In 2015, the Department issued guidance regarding the misclassification of...more

Joint Employer Status Rebuffed?

by Ruder Ware on

Recent action by the Trump Administration has raised a new question regarding joint employer status and whether particular employees hired (individually or through a company) to provide work for another company should be...more

Department of Labor Signals Move to Limit Definition of “Employment”

by Wilson Elser on

On June 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) 2015 and 2016 Administrative Interpretations regarding joint employment and independent...more

Are You My Employer? DOL Rescinds Obama-Era Joint Employer Guidance

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced its decision today to rescind two Obama-era guidance letters that aimed to expand the joint employer doctrine and limit the misclassification of workers under the Fair Labor Standards...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-era Letters on Joint Employer and Classification Guidance

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The unwinding continues. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the withdrawal of the Obama administration’s previously issued informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employers....more

Trump Department of Labor Continues to Chip Away at Obama Wage & Hour Efforts - WHD Interpretive Guidance on Joint Employer and...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, June 7th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two highly provocative interpretive guidance letters issued under President Obama’s administration. The two letters, issued by the Wage & Hour Division (WHD)...more

The U.S. Department of Labor's Shift in Policy: A Win for Businesses?

by Clark Hill PLC on

On June 7, 2017, the Secretary of Labor announced that the Department of Labor is withdrawing its Obama-era Wage and Hour Administrator's Administrative Interpretations addressing joint employment and independent contractors....more

USDOL Withdraws Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Guidance

by FordHarrison on

The recent announcement by Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to rescind Administrator’s Interpretation Nos. 2015-1 and 2016-1 should allow employers more latitude to hire independent contractors by removing the restrictive...more

Trump Department of Labor Withdraws Obama-Era Administrator Interpretation Letters on Joint Employer and Worker Classification

Signaling a clear departure from Obama-era enforcement priorities, the Trump Administration announced on June 7, 2017 that it has withdrawn two Department of Labor guidance documents on worker classification and joint...more

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