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 -
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April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

Everyone Keeps Focusing On Independent Contractors, So We Will Too…

If it looks like “Independent Contractor vs. Employee Week” on Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, that may be a function of the fact that misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a hot topic for...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #4

Late last week, Uber announced it had reached a settlement with California and Massachusetts drivers over their classification as independent contractors. The settlement calls for drivers to remain independent contractors,...more

Is the NLRB Trying to Make Independent Contractor Misclassification an Unfair Labor Practice?

A Regional Director for the NLRB issued an unfair labor practice complaint on April 18, 2016 alleging that a transportation company “has misclassified its employee-drivers as independent contractors, thereby inhibiting them...more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

Increased Litigation Of Worker Misclassification Cases Should Place Employers On Notice Of Potential FLSA Violations

Worker misclassification violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to be at the forefront of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement priority list and of the plaintiffs' bar, which has filed...more

Just Because You Say It, Doesn't Make It So

Many companies in the technology industry pay workers as “independent contractors” or “1099 workers.” In theory, classifying individuals as independent contractors rather than employees can bestow significant economic...more

Brokers Take a Bath in FLSA Collective Action

Former brokers of Fordham Financial Management will have to put this one in the “loss” column. Judge Paul Crotty of the Southern District of New York granted Fordham’s motion to decertify the FLSA collective in their lawsuit...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

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

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 Death of the Individual Independent Contractor: A Growing Trend Points to an Uncertain Future

It should come as no surprise that the workplace environment is rapidly changing. In the past, many industries have routinely hired temporary or part time workers and called them independent contractors. After all, it is a...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Employee Misclassification Continues to Make News

Just last month, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar were sued in San Francisco Superior Court in lawsuits similar to those pending cases against Uber and Lyft. These three new lawsuits ask the hot-button question: are...more

DOL Misclassification Guidance on Independent Contractors Could Affect Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to clarify when workers can be classified as independent contractors or employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This Administrator’s Interpretation...more

Start Planning for the Worst While You Hope for the Best

For the past several months we have been updating you on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the impact those changes could have on your workforce. The comment period for the proposed regulations...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #3

Last week was a tough one for Uber, an exemplar of the “sharing economy.” Multiple lawsuits against the company are focused on the status of drivers as employees or independent contractors, and now the Oregon Bureau of Labor...more

Justices Take On Another California Rule – When an Arbitration Agreement Is Too Flawed to Enforce

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state court rule on unconscionable provisions that is purportedly applied more stringently to arbitration agreements...more

What Employers Must Know About Wage and Hour Law

This year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, federal courts are on track to handle a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits stemming from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor — A Decision Not To Be Taken Lightly

Most employers know that workers may be either employees or independent contractors. What many employers do not know is that misclassifying a worker into the wrong category could have significant financial consequences....more

The U.S. Department of Labor Strikes Again – Worker Misclassification is (Still) a Hot Topic

Continuing the trend of exposing companies who have misclassified workers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has persuaded its latest target, Halliburton Co., to pay $18.3 million to compensate employees for unpaid overtime....more

DOL Gets Reined In - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency pushed too far in worker misclassification case

As most employers know, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), along with many other federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has focused on pursuing employers for misclassifying...more

Combating Employee Misclassification under the FLSA

Correctly classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor is critical. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been occurring in an increasing number of workplaces, and the Department of...more

DOL to Pay $1.5 Million to Employer for Bad Faith Investigation

In an interesting turn of events and what I’m sure will be gratifying for some employers, the Department of Labor has agreed to pay Gate Guard Services $1.5 million to settle claims involving the DOL’s overly aggressive and...more

Employee Misclassification Goes Viral with the Introduction of On-Demand Start-Ups, but the DOL May Have Just Crashed the Server

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay and related recordkeeping requirements. The...more

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