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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 -

Big For Gigs: New Florida Law To Eliminate Misclassification Battles

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I wrote an article yesterday about the new law that is about to be signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that will ensure ride-sharing drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees. You can check out the...more

Gig Economy Game-Changer? New Florida Law Ensures Contractor Status For Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state of Florida is about to enact first-of-its-kind legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not employees, eliminating costly misclassification battles and providing a...more

Two Employment Law Issues Startups Should Know About

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It's no secret that the first year of operation can make or break a startup. Don't let overlooked employment issues be your startup's downfall. Below is a brief overview of two major issues startups face in their first year....more

Worker status – Pimlico Plumbers case

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Pimlico Plumbers engaged Mr Smith as a plumber for around five and a half years. Four months after he suffered a heart attack, Pimlico brought the engagement to an end. Mr Smith issued proceedings in the employment tribunal...more

UK Court of Appeal Provides Important Ruling on Employment Status

In an important decision regarding employment status in the United Kingdom (UK), the Court of Appeal, in Pimlico Plumbers Limited v. Smith, dismissed an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers concerning the employment status of a former...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

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On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

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Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

CitySprint courier delivered employee status by employment tribunal

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In another case focusing on the gig economy, the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a CitySprint bike courier was a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, the...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

by Littler on

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Employers' Use of Independent Contractors Restricted by New Law and Court Decision

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Employers nationwide and, in particular, those in New York City and New York state, should carefully consider their obligations to formalize policies concerning independent contractors based on New York City's Freelance Isn't...more

New York City Passes Freelancer Wage Protection Law

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Hiring parties should review their current contracts with freelance workers in New York City to ensure compliance with the new bill. The New York City Council has passed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed, a bill with...more

Businesses Everywhere Take Note: NYC Independent Contractor Law Will Have Impact Well Beyond the City

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it likely contracts with one or more independent contractors who live or work in New York City. If your company does so, take note. On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed...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

The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2016

Court Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban Finds Grooming Policy Did Not Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - A federal appellate court recently held that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — November 2016

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Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The November edition of the Insider Report turns a spotlight on...more

Gig and Technology Sectors Targeted in EEOC Enforcement Plan

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

The EEOC is targeting the “21st-century workplace” by focusing on gig economies and the technology sector in its new Strategic Enforcement Plan. The new Enforcement Plan also targets what the EEOC calls “complex employment...more

Former head of Blair’s policy unit appointed to review workers’ rights

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Theresa May has appointed Matthew Cooke, the former head of Tony Blair’s Number 10 policy unit, to conduct a review of workers’ rights and practices. The review comes in light of concerns over the “gig economy”, zero-hours...more

EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan Takes Aim at Gig Economy, Other Emerging Workforce Issues

by Littler on

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC held a public meeting on the growing use of big data and predictive analytics in employment decision-making. A panel of industrial psychologists, attorneys, and labor economists told the EEOC that the use...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, The EEOC announced a public meeting on the use of big data in employment practices. This gathering is a continuation of the agency’s interest in the relationship between data analytics and discrimination. EEOC...more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

August 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

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This month’s news update includes three initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat IC misclassification. The first was the issuance of a new page on the DOL website called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” We...more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance From NY Court of Appeals on Scope of Liability for Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction...

The Second Circuit has asked the New York Court of Appeals for guidance on the scope of liability for discrimination based on criminal conviction history under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law...more

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