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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Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

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

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

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

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

December 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

In our update for last month’s developments in this area of the law, we report on five significant court cases involving companies in the transportation industry that use ICs as an integral part of their business model. Each...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

When Ubering Goes Wrong: A Lesson for Both Drunks And Employers

Uber is a wonderful invention that has a primary function of driving intoxicated people from point A to point B. Sometimes, however, getting from point A to point B becomes an issue. This week, a lawsuit was filed in...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

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

Trump Transition Brings Good News for “Gig Economy” Employers, But Dramatic Change May Be Unlikely

“It’s the Uber of [INSERT NAME OF SERVICE HERE],” is a phrase no doubt uttered countless times on a daily basis. From car ride services to grocery shopping, to hotel room alternatives, to personal training, to handyman...more

Pay Transparency and Paid Sick Leave Obligations May Apply to 2017 Federal Contracts

Contractors and subcontractors that enter into or renew federal contracts after January 1, 2017 should be mindful of requirements to provide detailed wage statements and paid sick leave to covered workers....more

Department of Labor's Exit Memorandum Calls for Changes to Address Gig Economy Employment

According to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the “largest question” for the incoming administration will be how to “embrace innovation” as part of the changing nature of work, while ensuring a level of workforce protections...more

Appellate Division Rules That Paid Blogger Was Not An “Employee” Entitled To Unemployment Benefits, Signaling Trend Toward More...

One of the recurring themes in workplace law in 2016 was the continued crackdown on independent contractor misclassification. Both federal and state agencies, as well as the plaintiffs’ bar, invested significant resources to...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 59 - Massachusetts "ABC" Test Court Decision: Fresh Application On Old Spin

Over the last two years, the Benesch Transportation & Logistics Team has written in various installments of the FLASH about the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, §148B (the “Massachusetts...more

Charting the Future: What’s Coming in 2017 in California Employment Law?

Seyfarth Synopsis: 2016 brought a wave of new protections for California employees and scant protection for employers. In this week’s post, we anticipate changes for 2017, in the ever-peculiar world of California employment...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules Prong Two of Independent Contractor Test is Severable for FAAAA Preemption Purposes

Massachusetts’s highest court recently issued a decision that impacts the ability of delivery companies operating in the commonwealth to use independent contractors in providing delivery services. In Chambers v. RDI...more

The Gig Economy: Employee or Independent Contractor?

The gig economy is a domain where companies hire workers for specific projects or “gigs.” Generally these workers retain control over the manner and the means of performing their work and are classified as independent...more

Drafting Franchise Agreements After Patterson v. Domino’s : Avoiding the Minefield of Vicarious Liability and Joint Employment

Lauded as one of the most important franchise cases in the recent past, Patterson v. Domino’s established a new standard for addressing vicarious liability issues in California. In reaching its decision that Domino’s was not...more

Another New Frontier: Gig Work in Today’s America

The interest in working a series of gig jobs instead of traditional employment is certainly taking America by storm. Many articles and studies are exploring this trend as if it is a brand new adventure. A recent survey by HR...more

Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded...more

2016’s Top 5 Most Intriguing Developments In EEOC-Initiated Litigation (And A Preview Of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)

We are once again pleased to offer our loyal readers our annual analysis of the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation in 2016, along with a pre-publication preview of our annual report on developments and...more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

Effective January 1, 2017: New Federal Contractor Paycheck Transparency, Independent Contractor Notice, and Paid Sick Leave...

On January 1, 2017, new federal contract paycheck transparency, independent contractor notification, and paid sick leave requirements go into effect.  Below we summarize the key elements of these new regulatory requirements....more

Labor and Employment Group News: Independent Contractor or “Employee, Inc.”?

It is usually the case that when you contract for services with another company you have engaged it as an "independent contractor." And, as a result, its employees cannot claim that you owe them overtime pay....more

DOL Releases Updated Independent Contractor “Misclassification” Website.

In a follow-up to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) release of 12 questions and answers in a publication called “Misclassification Mythbusters,” the DOL has now released a new website called “What is ‘misclassification’?”...more

Motor Carriers Unable to Preempt Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that the most onerous provision of the state’s three-pronged independent contractor statute—the requirement that independent contractors perform a service outside an...more

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