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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 -

How Does the Withdrawal of the DOL’s 2015 and 2016 Informal Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors by Trump’s...

On June 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance documents on joint employment and independent contractors. In the three...more

NPR Report Discusses Growing Interest In Portable Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last week, NPR aired a story discussing the governmental efforts to bring portable benefits to gig workers...more

What The Change In Course By The USDOL On Worker Classification Means For NJ Employers

As my colleague John Buckley wrote about in our Lehigh Valley Employment Blog, several weeks ago Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance...more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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a New York pizzeria restaurant group agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit. The EEOC alleged that the restaurant group discriminated against Hispanic employees by subjecting them...more

[Webinar] Joint and Multi-Employer, Independent Contractor, and Temp Worker Employment Law and OSHA Issues - July 11th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Employers’ perceptions about their legal responsibilities for certain workers is not always reality. Although an employer may classify workers as temporary workers or independent contractors, that does not mean the...more

Uber’s Former CEO and Current Chairman of the Board Sued Personally for Independent Contractor Misclassification – Is This an...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Last week, the lawyers representing drivers who have sued Uber in California commenced another lawsuit on behalf of drivers alleging that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees. This lawsuit,...more

The future of work: using the gig economy to your advantage

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One of the more interesting recent developments in relation to work has been the continual rise and development of the gig economy – that is, workers developing niche areas of specialist expertise, but having careers...more

Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...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

Employment Law Now I-10- Independent Contractors, Age Discrimination, Performance Reviews, Web Site Accessibility, and Ducks, TIEs...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses current employment law news, trends, developments and guest analysis. This episode addresses independent contractor misclassification,...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

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers: What It Means and What Employers Should Do Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently withdrew the federal Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) Obama-era guidance documents on independent contractors and joint employment. Those documents,...more

Next Crack In The Wall: NY Uber Drivers Held To Be Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Back in October, we reported that there appeared to be the first crack in the wall when it came to classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. At that time, it was reported that the New York...more

DOL Withdraws Interpretation of “Joint Employment” and “Independent Contractors” Rules: What Does this Mean for Me?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be withdrawing two Administrative Interpretations issued during the previous administration regarding...more

Has The Dismantling of the Labor Regulatory Regime Commenced?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Trump campaign promised regulatory reform, and most experts expected the new administration would target some of the Department of Labor regulations, enforcement actions, and guidances under the Obama administration that...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Misclassification

Last week, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn two Obama-era informal guidance documents. In 2015, the Department issued guidance regarding the misclassification of...more

Employment Alert: "Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Classifications"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) withdrew two administrator interpretations published during the Obama Administration that had significantly narrowed the definition of independent contractor...more

Joint Employer Status Rebuffed?

by Ruder Ware on

Recent action by the Trump Administration has raised a new question regarding joint employer status and whether particular employees hired (individually or through a company) to provide work for another company should be...more

U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor and Joint Employment Guidance

by Smith Anderson on

Last week, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two Wage and Hour Administrator’s Interpretations, one on classification of workers as independent contractors and the other on joint employment. The...more

Department of Labor Signals Move to Limit Definition of “Employment”

by Wilson Elser on

On June 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) 2015 and 2016 Administrative Interpretations regarding joint employment and independent...more

Are You My Employer? DOL Rescinds Obama-Era Joint Employer Guidance

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced its decision today to rescind two Obama-era guidance letters that aimed to expand the joint employer doctrine and limit the misclassification of workers under the Fair Labor Standards...more

DOL Withdraws Obama-era Letters on Joint Employer and Classification Guidance

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The unwinding continues. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the withdrawal of the Obama administration’s previously issued informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employers....more

Trump Department of Labor Continues to Chip Away at Obama Wage & Hour Efforts - WHD Interpretive Guidance on Joint Employer and...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, June 7th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two highly provocative interpretive guidance letters issued under President Obama’s administration. The two letters, issued by the Wage & Hour Division (WHD)...more

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