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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Federal Law Preempts State Wage Law in Employee Misclassification Case

A Massachusetts Superior Court recently ruled against a group of truck drivers who claimed that a delivery company violated the Massachusetts Wage Act by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors rather than as...more

Ninth Circuit Won’t Review Uber Driver Class Certification Decision

The sharing or gig economy has introduced a new management paradigm for companies, more flexible schedules for workers, and a greater level of convenience and accountability to consumers. While there are many supporters of...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Clarifies Background Screening Laws

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Cornell University’s ILR School Labor and Employment Law Program hosted “NYC Ban the Box and Stop Credit Discrimination: A Conversation on Enforcement with the City Commission on Human Rights.”...more

Is The Classification Of Your Workers Putting Your Business At Risk?

Businesses have a lot at stake in properly classifying their workers as either employees or independent contractors. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has taken the position that “[t]he misclassification of...more

September/October 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

Judicial and regulatory developments in the months of September and October 2015 vividly highlight the fact that many companies in the U.S., both large and small, continue to fail to structure, document, and implement their...more

[Event] Sheppard Mullin's Labor & Employment Year In Review - Nov. 19th, New York, NY

Please join our experienced attorneys for an informative and lively discussion on a variety of timely topics, including: Where We've Been and Where We're Going: Key legislative developments and leading court...more

Uber Drivers – Independent Contractors or Employees?

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, following an evidentiary hearing, issued a decision finding that under the state’s wage and hour laws, Uber was an “employer” of drivers using its online platform...more

If It's Worth It, You Should Work It (As a Work Made for Hire)

With the growth of mobile apps, non-tech companies face the challenge of creating apps to promote and sell their services or goods. Because the creation of an app can be a one-time project, hiring an independent software...more

New York City Transit Benefit Requirement Fast Approaching

As most New York City employers know by now, beginning January 1, 2016, the New York Mass Transit Benefits Law (the "ordinance") requires employers with twenty or more full-time employees working in New York City to offer...more

Establishing the Boundaries of the OCILLA Safe Harbor

As user-generated content explodes over the Internet, intellectual property disputes over posting or uploading such content without the owner’s consent continue to escalate. As we touched on in a recent post, social media...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 3, 2015

On Sunday, Forbes published two articles on workplace trends and the future of work. In both, the contributors predicted that new technologies in the workplace, like wearables, will have significant impact. It was also...more

Global Employment Lawyer Volume 2, Issue 1 - November/December 2015

Look out, beware—its holiday party season! According to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., about 88 percent of companies in the US had holiday parties last year. That percentage has been hovering around 90...more

California Court Deems Truck Drivers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Companies that classify workers as independent contractors are facing increasing scrutiny in court and before administrative agencies. A recent unpublished California Court of Appeal decision in a case titled Garcia v. Seacon...more

The Death of the Individual Independent Contractor: A Growing Trend Points to an Uncertain Future

It should come as no surprise that the workplace environment is rapidly changing. In the past, many industries have routinely hired temporary or part time workers and called them independent contractors. After all, it is a...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Know Your Nexus: Don’t Get Blindsided by State Tax Rules

If you do business with out-of-state customers, does your business have nexus with the states where those customers are located? If your answer is, “I don’t know what ‘nexus’ means,” you could be in for an unpleasant...more Hit With Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit By Delivery Drivers

Amazon is the latest tech company to be sued in a proposed class action by drivers delivering its products – in this case, goods to be delivered within two hours of being ordered through Amazon’s “Prime Now” app. The drivers...more

Employee Misclassification Continues to Make News

Just last month, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar were sued in San Francisco Superior Court in lawsuits similar to those pending cases against Uber and Lyft. These three new lawsuits ask the hot-button question: are...more

DOL Misclassification Guidance on Independent Contractors Could Affect Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to clarify when workers can be classified as independent contractors or employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This Administrator’s Interpretation...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Start Planning for the Worst While You Hope for the Best

For the past several months we have been updating you on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the impact those changes could have on your workforce. The comment period for the proposed regulations...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #3

Last week was a tough one for Uber, an exemplar of the “sharing economy.” Multiple lawsuits against the company are focused on the status of drivers as employees or independent contractors, and now the Oregon Bureau of Labor...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Act Goes Into Effect January 11, 2016

The City of Pittsburgh recently became the second city in Pennsylvania to enact a paid sick leave law, with Mayor William Peduto signing the Paid Sick Days Act into law on August 13, 2015.  While the Act is facing legal...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #2

Take the Cure: New California Law Permits Corrections of Wage Statement Violations - Why it matters: Employers may want to review their wage statements after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that permits them...more

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