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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 -

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

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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

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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...

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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

First Circuit Finds FAA Applicability A Question For Court And Holds FAA Exemption Applicable To Independent-Contractor...

by Carlton Fields on

The case presented two issues to the court: 1) whether a court must determine the applicability of the FAA to the case when asked to compel arbitration, where parties delegated questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator;...more

NYC Mayor Signs Into Law Suite of Retail and Fast Food Employee Protections

On May 30, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill package into law that will impose new restrictions on retail and fast food employers with regard to employee scheduling, hiring, and pay practices. The laws...more

Businesses Need To Keep Rewriting Rules To Keep Pace With Rapid Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent article citing the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report notes that “the accelerating rate of change in business, the economy, and society challenges both business and HR to adopt new rules for leading,...more

New Florida Statute Regulates the Ride-Sharing Industry and Classifies Drivers as Independent Contractors

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The Florida Legislature recently enacted legislation regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as “ride-sharing” companies. Under the new statute, TNCs will be able to lawfully classify their...more

Everything Old Is New Again: Sharing Economy Companies Start Hiring W-2 Employees Instead Of Contractors

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig companies – at least some – are discovering the upside to hiring W-2 employees. Wait, what? Well, as it turns out, for some companies that rely on repeat business, there appears to be a potential argument in favor of...more

Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

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Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

New Freelancer Law Imposes Additional Requirements For NYC Companies Contracting With Freelancers

The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”), which was touted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the first law in the nation aimed at...more

Freelance Isn’t Free: New York City Reins in Independent Contractors, One Work Provider at a Time

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (or FIFA, for short) is not just an attention-grabbing name, but game-changing legislation that has imposed unprecedented regulations on the Five Borough “gig economy.” FIFA, which...more

NYC's "Freelance Isn't Free" Act Effective May 15, 2017

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A new law regulating the hiring and payment of freelancers in New York City took effect May 15, 2017. The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act impacts a large range of industries that routinely rely on independent contractors,...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Enacts Freelance Worker Law

by Murtha Cullina on

Employers’ engagement of independent contractors has increased substantially in recent years. Short-term projects and the gig economy have fueled the need for workers, who are not looking (or are unable) to find permanent...more

Macron: The Winding Road to Labour Reforms

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On 14 May 2017, French President-elect Emmanuel Macron with a strong 66% majority officially started his five year mandate. His first duty was to appoint a Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, a Conservative, who will now form a...more

Attention Employers: New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Takes Effect

by K&L Gates LLP on

Businesses, organizations, and individuals alike in New York City should be aware that on May 15, 2017, the City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (the “Act”) went into effect. The Act significantly broadens safeguards for...more

NYC Says Put It in Writing for Freelancers, Stop Asking Job Candidates their Prior Salaries - The Freelance Isn’t Free Act...

Beginning May 15, 2017, independent contractors in New York City will be provided with heightened protections under the law, and those engaging independent contractors will, in most instances, be legally required to do so...more

New York City’s First-in-the-Nation Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect Next Week

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 15, 2017, a first-in-the-nation law regulating the relationship between independent contractors and those who retain their services goes into effect in New York City. Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it...more

Employment News - May 2017 #1

by Hogan Lovells on

Self-employment and the gig economy laid bare – Parliamentary Committee calls for changes to employment status - The Work and Pensions Parliamentary Committee inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy has...more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest 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. April 2017 was another month...more

Speaking Deliveroo: whatever next?

by Dentons on

Deliveroo has set out words and phrases that managers should use to describe its riders and their working practices in an attempt to fortify the company’s stance that its riders are self-employed, rather than workers....more

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