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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Gig Economy Giant’s Uber-Creative Management Style for Maintaining Independent Contractor Workers

Uber’s inventive management style continues to be a topic of conversation in the gig economy world. In the wake of the $100M Uber class action litigation settlement being rejected (primarily due to monetary terms), a new case...more

Make sure you get what you pay for with Independent Contractors: Pitfalls of a “Work Made for Hire” Agreement

As the owner or manager of a newly minted business, you are likely inclined to engage independent contractors to design your web site, create your marketing materials and perhaps even provide services to your clients....more

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

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

Third Circuit affirms class certification in franchisee-as-employee class action

In a recent sharply divided 2-1 decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of class certification against commercial cleaning franchisor Jani-King in a lawsuit alleging that Jani-King’s franchisees were...more

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

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

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

Premises Liability

Victor M. Regalado v. Jeffrey M. Callaghan - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 22, 2016) - Generally, when employees of independent contractors are injured in the workplace, they cannot sue the...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

New Studies Provide Insight into the On-Demand Economy

Seems you can’t swing a cat without hitting a new study aimed at better understanding the gig economy and gig workers. Just within the past couple of weeks, two important studies were released that provide in-depth data about...more

Non-delegable duties of architects and main contractors in construction claims - A case study of MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik...

In MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2016] SGCA 40, the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA) held that architects and main contractors are not subject to a non-delegable duty in tort to ensure that...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

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

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

Employment Law - October 2016

Employers Can’t Arbitrate Any Issues Related to PAGA Claim - Why it matters - The California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles forecloses an employer’s ability to require a...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

Etsy Gets Crafty with 3 New Ways to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Etsy, the online marketplace, has been a large player in the gig economy for the past 11 years. It currently hosts over 1.4 million sellers offering products like art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, beauty products,...more

NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation...more

Independent Contractors or Employees: Why It Is so Important to Use the Proper Classification for the People that Work for You

Over the past few years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of the US Department of Labor, as well as various state attorneys general, to target businesses that misclassify workers as independent contractors when...more

USDOL Recruits Whistleblowers for Misclassification Claims: Will Gig Workers Even Notice?

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently revised its wage and hour poster to include information on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. As noted in our previous legal alert on this...more

Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their...more

InterConnect Flash No. 56 - IC Classification Claims Preempted by Federal Truth-In-Leasing Regulations

We first reported on the Remington v. J.B. Hunt, Inc. case last year in Flash No. 46. Based on the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Massachusetts Delivery Ass’n v. Coakley, 769 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2014) (“MDA”),...more

Open the Floodgates: NLRB Announces Misclassification of Independent Contractors Can, In Itself, Violate Section 8(a)(1)

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice publicly released an advice memorandum from December of 2015 in which it found a Section 8(a)(1) violation for an employer's misclassification of...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Canada: Time for Submissions Soon Expiring in Ontario under Changing Workplace Review

As previously reported, the Special Advisors to the Government of Ontario, Canada released their interim report on July 27, 2016 on ways in which the Ontario Labour Relations Act (“LRA”) and Ontario Employment Standards Act,...more

Ten Common Intellectual Property Mistakes

Mistake No. 1 - Not Obtaining an Obligation to Assign Inventions From Employees and Contractor - Example: Employee/contractor agreements do not: (a) assign rights to you in inventions made for you; (b) require the...more

Oklahoma Partners With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

On September 13, 2016, Oklahoma became the 35th state to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor...more

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