Independent Contractors Hiring & Firing

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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Hiring Consultants

Technology companies receive services from a variety of individuals and often use consultants, either for marketing advice, for software development or for other discreet tasks. It’s important to be sure the consultants are...more

The Ins and Outs of Employment Law: Attorneys Speak Out

Employers need to have a plan in place that includes up-to-date policies, accurate performance reviews, and training of all employees, particularly supervisors. Supervisors must know how to evaluate an employee and what to do...more

Employment Law: Sep 2014

California Enacts Paid Sick Leave - Why it matters: Employers in California must now provide three paid sick days per year for workers, pursuant to a new law going into effect on July 1, 2015. The controversial...more

Quirky Question # 238, No Laughing Matter – Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement

Question: My company relies on independent contractors, over whom we don’t exert control. They often joke around with each other. I’m not liable for employment discrimination if I terminate one of them after they...more

No Laughing Matter: Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement after a Complaint about a...

Companies using independent contractors should be aware of increased enforcement efforts from federal and state labor and tax authorities over misclassification of workers under wage and hour and tax laws. In Washington, this...more

Doing Business in Canada: Employment Law

EMPLOYMENT LAW - THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP - There are many different types of relationships which businesses can have with the people and corporations who perform services for the business, including but not...more

Employed vs Self Employed Status

Mr Conroy, a referee, brought a claim for unfair dismissal against the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The Employment Tribunal agreed with the SFA's argument that Mr Conroy was self-employed (as opposed to an employee),...more

California Delivery Drivers Gain Employee Status Despite Independent Contractor Agreements

On June 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that home-delivery drivers who transported furniture and appliances for a leading transportation and logistics company under independent contractor agreements...more

Secondment Guessing?

Often, it makes practical sense to send an experienced worker from his/her home country to another country rather than engage an independent contractor or hire a new employee in that destination country. This is precisely...more

New York Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Contractors’ Use Of Arbitration Provisions

On May 5, 2014, the New York Assembly passed a bill limiting the use of arbitration provisions for employment claims by businesses that contract with New York State. The bill would prohibit New York state agencies from...more

The Independent Contractor: To Be or Not to Be

Just because an employer calls someone an independent contractor does not make him or her so. Because revenue-starved states have been increasingly focusing on independent contractor classification issues, challenges to the...more

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently...more

Massachusetts Governor Wants to Ban Non-Compete Agreements and Enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, recently announced a bill—An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity—that would provide workforce training opportunities and promote economic development incentives across the...more

Beverage Distributors Ordered to Pay About $200K and Hire Sight-Impaired Employee in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Jury Found Company Violated Federal Law by Shunning Legally Blind Applicant - DENVER - In a disability lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal court in Denver has ordered...more

Globalizing in Hong Kong

With dynamic soaring towers, elaborate bright lights, and heart warming traditional customs, Hong Kong’s enigmatic economic and business climate serves as a financial capital for all industries, companies, and firms. Indeed,...more

10 Ways HR Departments Violate the Law Without Realizing It (And What To Do About It)

Employers of all varieties face lawsuits arising from claimed violations of employment laws. Often such violations are inadvertent and entirely avoidable. Here is a list of ten ways a human resources department may violate...more

Yours, Mine, or Ours? Avoiding Joint Employer and Contractor Misclassification

Companies are increasingly using subcontractors, temporary staffing agencies, leased employees, and independent contractors to supplement or, sometimes, replace their regular workforces....more

Eleventh Circuit: Liquidated Damages For FLSA Retaliation Discretionary, Not Mandatory

The Eleventh Circuit joined the Sixth and Eighth Circuits in holding that liquidated damages awards for FLSA retaliation claims are discretionary, not mandatory. Moore v. Appliance Direct, Inc., No. 11-cv-15227 (11th Cir....more

The 2012 Global Employer: Highlights of Littler's Fifth Annual Global Employer Institute

In this report: - I. Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce - II. Forging a Global HR Team to Align with a Global Business: Transparency and Integration - III. Developing an Effective Global...more

Exotic Dancers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors, Kansas Supreme Court Rules

In Milano’s v. Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas Supreme Court determined that exotic dancers were employees, not independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance....more

Massachusetts Wage Act Release Must Be Clear and Specific

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently addressed a significant issue to Massachusetts employers—whether general releases can bar employees from bringing Wage Act claims against their employers. Crocker v. Townsend...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks To Make Independent Contractor Relationship Onerous And Risky

On September 27, 2012, a bill (A3310) was introduced that seeks to place onerous requirements on employers that engage independent contractors (for $600 or more), and that would impose significant damages and penalties for...more

Beware of Traps with Independent Contractor Business Models

Companies are increasingly moving away from the traditional employee model and implementing independent contractor models for some aspects of their business to reduce their direct labor costs without sacrificing market share,...more

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