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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 -

Employee or independent contractor? Right to control is key

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment...more

Employment Flash - September 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including a Texas district court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor's overtime rule; a New York appellate...more

Creating Worker Loyalty in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

With the rise of “Uber-ization” of the workforce in the gig economy, many companies, including Fortune 500 firms and IT companies, are adopting a freelance model for its workforce. It’s understandable why businesses would be...more

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

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North Carolina law, the Act does...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

by Littler on

The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

Rumors of the Death of the Gig Economy Are Greatly Exaggerated

by Fisher Phillips on

Now that the US economy is showing signs of recovery, especially in the area of job creation, some observers have noted that the pool of available contingent workers appears to be shrinking, as workers return to more...more

Dancer's Claims Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Third Circuit Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Employers should take note of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case involving the arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement....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

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the...more

IT Companies and the Uber-ization of the Workforce

by Fisher Phillips on

With the rise of the gig economy, IT companies are taking the approach many employers in the gig economy have taken in structuring their workforce. In an industry where full-time and part-time employees cohabit in the same...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act Also Isn’t Waivable

Recently issued final rules impose additional restrictions including prohibitions on requiring independent contractors to waive certain rights. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act is a recent New York City law that went into...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Hirer of Independent Contractor Not Liable to Injured Contractor Employee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal upheld the Privette doctrine, holding that an independent contractor’s employee generally may not recover tort damages for work-related injuries from the contractor’s hirer....more

Update: NYC Adopts New Rules Implementing Freelance Law

Earlier this year, we reported that New York City adopted The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”). As explained in our prior blog, under the...more

NYC Consumer Affairs Department Adopts Final Rules on Freelance Isn’t Free Act

by Morgan Lewis on

Hiring parties should review their current independent contractor agreements to ensure compliance with the adopted rules....more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

Newly Adopted “Freelance Isn’t Free” Rules Rife with Preemption Issues Under FAA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Regulatory rules issued in connection with New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act seek to prohibit arbitration of claims under the Act and class action waivers in contracts covered by the law. U.S....more

Brazil to Enact Expansive Labor Law Reforms

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the Labor Reform Bill, which is now before the president for signing. The Labor Reform Bill is one of the current administration's main projects to reignite the economy and make...more

The future of work: managing a workforce that is away half the year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The gig economy is only one of the reasons that workers of the future will not have close connections with one employer or business – another is the movement towards arranging their life so that they spend substantial periods...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

New Rules Applicable to NYC’s Freelance Isn't Free Act Prevents Covered Employers from Utilizing Arbitration Provisions and Class...

by Littler on

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act goes into effect on July 24, 2017. Anticipated rules to “clarify” the Act, which amend Title 6 of the City’s Rules by adding a new chapter 12, have now been promulgated by the...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #3

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance, Promises More Change - Why it matters - The new Secretary of Labor officially withdrew the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance on joint employment and independent contractors, although...more

NYC’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Might End Up Impacting Businesses Across the Country

by Fisher Phillips on

Many workers are leaving the comfort and stability of traditional 9 to 5 jobs in favor of more flexible options. This paradigm shift may be new to the general public, but it certainly does not appear to be a passing fad. In...more

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