Independent Contractors

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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UK Employment Tribunal Rules that Individuals Working in the “Gig Economy” are Entitled to Paid Leave

An Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom ruled that a bicycle courier for CitySprint, a delivery firm, was a worker rather than self-employed and therefore entitled to paid leave. This is the most recent decision in a...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

Sunset for day rates?

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

Gig Economy — Bike Couriers Set the Wheels in Motion on Workers Benefits

‘Gig’ economy: Latest developments - In a further challenge by a worker in the ‘gig’ economy, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier was a ‘worker’ and qualified for various employment protections. The...more

Using Imagination to Create the Perfect Job

We all have the ability to dream, to imagine doing things we aren’t yet doing. We dream of having a steady income, financial security, and enjoying our work. Some individuals have found they are able to achieve part of their...more

Florida Court Rules Uber Drivers are Not Employees

In a somewhat surprising but positive development for gig companies, a Florida state appellate court ruled on February 1, 2017 that Uber drivers are independent contractors, NOT employees, and therefore not entitled to...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Funding Trends Point to Double-Digit Growth and an International Future - If the season’s got you down, the always awesome David Rose is out with a...more

Is the USDOL Making it Easier for On-Demand Workers to Claim Misclassification?

The on-demand economy has certainly changed the way people provide and receive services. It may also be changing the way the government focuses its enforcement priorities. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

This is Lowe’s, Don’t Be Like Lowe’s: A Checklist For Employers

Have you ever bought an appliance from Lowe’s Home Centers and been told that you have to contact one of its “licensed installers” and setup a time for them to come to your house to install the appliance? Subsequently, when...more

‘Not Completely Disassociated’: 4th Circuit Creates New FLSA Joint Employer Test

On Jan. 25, 2017, in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., the 4th Circuit created a brand-new test for joint employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The 4th Circuit’s approach to FLSA joint employer...more

Uber Scores Victory Compelling Arbitration in Wage & Hour Misclassification Suit

Just a few days after being in the news and facing consumer boycotts for allegedly seeking to profit as a result of a taxi boycott of JFK International Airport related to President Trump’s immigration Executive Order, Uber...more

Agency Law Takes Center Stage in Psychologist Torture Case

If you think agency law is boring, take a look at the Jan. 27 opinion by a federal court in the torture case brought by three foreign citizens against two psychologists who worked for the CIA. The plaintiffs filed suit under...more

Latest "Gig Economy" Case: Courier Held to Be a Worker

In the latest in a string of cases concerning the employment status of those working in the “gig economy”, the Employment Tribunal in Dewhurst v City Sprint UK Ltd ET2202512/2016 considered whether a courier was a worker or a...more

Open for Business: Puerto Rico Enacts Sweeping Labor Reform

Employer-friendly revisions to attract new businesses and facilitate operations for existing enterprises signals a new era of labor flexibility in Puerto Rico. On January 26, 2017, weeks after being sworn in as the...more

New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee Advances Bill Concerning Payment of Freelance Workers

On January 19, 2017, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A-4410) that would require written contracts between “freelance workers” and their hiring entity (“client”). Those contracts would need to include...more

New Year, New Resolutions for Companies Looking to Tap Into the Gig Economy

For many, a new year brings new resolutions – a forward-looking plan and commitment to resolve issues, implement changes, and create new strategies for success. Businesses are no different. The gig market has been on the rise...more

It's Not Too Late to Make Your 2017 HR Resolutions

It's a new year. Now that the first month is nearly behind us, many of us have begun making progress on (or even broken) some of our personal resolutions meant to improve ourselves in 2017. But, have you taken the time to...more

Do the Hustle: Gig Economy’s Side Hustle Goes Mainstream

When a friend took Van McCoy to New York City’s Adam’s Apple bar to watch an underground dance known as the “Hustle,” Van knew he had struck gold. In one hour, Van had written the future wedding reception staple “The Hustle.”...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

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

Tennessee Court of Appeals Cleans Up Questions on Dog Groomers' Employment Status

Individuals performing the main function of your business cannot be classified as independent contractors in Tennessee. At least, that’s what the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled recently when analyzing whether the Tennessee...more

Arizona Legislative Assistance in Correctly Classifying Workersas Independent Contractors

One of the most common and problematic issues confronting employers in every industry today is the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Such misclassifications are a key enforcement target of both federal...more

New York State and Seattle Lead Discussion on Portable Benefits

In an effort to head off litigation by workers claiming they have been misclassified as contractors, companies using a largely on-demand workforce have been working with the New York State Assembly to develop a system of...more

New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts

My colleagues, Clarisse Thomas, Keegan Drenosky and I have been busy keeping track of the developments in New York which may impact Connecticut employers with cross-border business. Here are two of the most recent...more

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