Independent Contractors Wages

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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Connecticut Congressman Sponsors “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act”

Readers of this blog will be aware that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a major concern of state and federal authorities for several years. Employers don’t provide workers compensation...more

Wage and Hour Compliance Priorities for 2014

It is easy for us to recommend that employers conduct regular and comprehensive wage and hour audits that examine all facets of the employer’s pay practices to ensure compliance with the myriad of wage and hour laws. After...more

Rules for rewarding 'super' condo board members [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff discusses the way in which "super" board members who go above and beyond the call of duty could be compensated for their extra service. Howard is a partner in the...more

California Agencies Don’t Get Two Bites At The Apple When It Comes To Misclassification

Happy Nails & Spa of Fashion Valley, LP, v. Julie Su, No. D060621 (July 19, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently held that an employer does not have to relitigate the issue of whether the workers at its facilities are...more

Out-of-State Workers May Sue under Massachusetts Wage Act

Late last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Taylor v. Eastern Connection Operating, Inc. that out-of-state plaintiffs may bring suit under the Massachusetts independent contractor statute where the...more

Recent Decision by Massachusetts’ Highest Court Removes Barriers to Wage Claims

This week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision that makes it easier to bring lawsuits under the Massachusetts Wage Act. In Depianti v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc., the SJC held that a...more

Temporary and Contract Workers: Who Is a “Variable Hour” Employee under the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules will require large employers (50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees) to make an offer of minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of their...more

2013 US Labor and Employment Horizon

Overview - As a resource to our clients, the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety team at K&L Gates has summarized major legislative changes and key cases affecting employers in 2013 in certain key states in which we...more

Misclassification of Workers: An Attempt to Save Could Cost Your Business A Bundle

In recent months, many business owners have noticed that their classification of workers is being closely scrutinized by a variety of federal and state regulatory agencies. Whether a worker is classified as an “employee” as...more

Employee Classification: Employers Must Get It Right Or Face Costly Penalties

Earlier this year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exchange information received by the agencies. Louisiana...more

White House 2013 Budget Targets Employee Misclassification

Earlier this month, the Obama Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. It reveals that New York and New Jersey employers should expect heightened enforcement and regulatory activity, particularly in...more

New California Laws Increase Penalties for Employee Misclassification and Wage Theft

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed two employment related bills into law, raising the stakes for employers doing business in California. The two laws, which increase the penalties for employers that wrongly classify...more

Employment Law Commentary: How to Save Gas . . . and Prevent Heartburn: The Legal Issues Surrounding Telecommuting

If you skipped this morning’s commute and are reading this article in your jammies, you understand the benefits of telecommuting. You are not alone. Although fewer than two percent of working Americans are considered to be...more

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