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Misclassification of Employees As Independent Contractors In the News

Media outlets throughout the country have recently reported that it appears there was little to no oversight to ensure contractors, which were working on projects receiving federal stimulus money, were not misclassifying...more

Learning From LinkedIn: More Big Name Employment Law Violations Showcase Need For Wage and Hour Compliance Training

I confess that up until the huge LinkedIn case last month, I had no idea what wage and hour training even is, or why anyone needed to take it. After all, it’s pretty simple, right? Pay nonexempt workers their regular wage for...more

Store to Pay Up to $6.5 Million for Misclassifying Workers

A national home-improvement store recently agreed to pay thousands of California workers as much as $6.5 million for improperly labeling them independent contractors (IC) instead of employees....more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of Restrictions on Federal Agency Rulemaking in Mortgage Loan Officer Overtime Case

In our July 2013 alert, we reported on a federal appellate court ruling in Mortgage Bankers Association v. Harris. Mortgage Bankers Association challenged a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) 2010 opinion letter in support of...more

Department of Labor to Revise Federal Regulations Interpreting the Right to Receive Overtime Pay under the Fair Labor Standards...

In a March 2014 Memorandum, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the regulations that dictate when an employer may lawfully designate an employee as exempt from overtime pay under the...more

Court Awards Fees And Costs Against USDOL

A Texas federal court has ordered the U.S. Labor Department to pay more than $560,000 in attorney's fees, paralegal fees, and travel expenses growing out of litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. USDOL...more

Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Act: Senate Democrats Join President Obama’s War On FLSA Exemptions

Yesterday, Senate Democrats introduced a bill cited as the “Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Act” (“the Act”), which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to make it more difficult for employers to...more

Another Example of Owner Liability for Unpaid Wages and Liquidated Damages for Employee Misclassification

Do you still think that business owners aren’t responsible for wage and hour law violations? Do you think that a court will only award liquidated damages where the violation is willful? Think again. Following an investigation...more

Interns Win One, Lose One, In Having Misclassification Cases Conditionally Certified In New York

There has been a great deal of coverage involving litigation by interns against various media and entertainment companies in New York. We won’t recount the many articles, blogs, and discussions about this issue. If you need a...more

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

November Target For Proposed Exemption Changes

As we reported previously, in March President Obama directed the U.S. Labor Department to "modernize and streamline" its regulations governing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative,...more

Employee Misclassification Act

The Employee Misclassification Act is a hot button topic at both state and federal levels. The act currently only applies to employers in the construction industry. ...more

You Load 16 Tons, What Do You Get: A Worthless Franchise!

Despite the focus in recent years on the misclassification of employees as contractors, unfortunately, we continue to see numerous companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups make mistakes, albeit mostly unintentional,...more

Unpaid Interns May Be Entitled to Wages and EEO Protections

Every summer, eager students beat down company doors, offering to do whatever is needed—for free—so they can include experience and a reference on their resume. But, a recent slew of lawsuits by unpaid interns has caused...more

The Audit's Done, And We Need To Reclassify – Now What?

Let's assume you've done an internal audit, or one required by the Department of Labor, and found – as so many companies do – that certain titles/positions require reclassification from exempt to non-exempt under the Fair...more

When are Paralegals Illegal?

When they are not properly paid. A number of law firms and corporate employers consider paralegals to be exempt from overtime. At the federal level, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that most paralegals lack...more

New York State Passes Worker Misclassification Law For Commercial Transportation Industry

On January 10, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (the Act), which becomes effective on March 11, 2014. As with the Construction...more

Employers Under Continued Fire from Government Agencies and Legislature for Workplace Misclassification

New York has just become the 15th state to formally align its efforts with those of the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to crack down on the misclassification of employees as “independent contractors.” New York...more

Senate "Misclassification" Bill Bears Watching

Yet another "misclassification" bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would impose new prohibitions, requirements, and penalties relating to categorizing a worker as being either an employee or a non-employee. The "Payroll Fraud...more

New York Partners With The U.S. Department Of Labor To Combat Worker Misclassification

On November 18, 2013, New York State announced that it is teaming with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to protect employees against misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Officials...more

New York Teams-up with the U.S. Department of Labor to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In their continued efforts to crack down on the misclassification of independent contractors, and the resulting federal and state wage and hour violations, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York Attorney...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

Rise in misclassification suits and DOL audits quite a fright: what an employer can do to prepare

Few things are more frightening to an employer than a worker misclassification suit. Perhaps a Department of Labor audit over wage and hour issues may be just as scary. One thing is for sure: disagreements about how workers...more

In An Employee’s Shoes

How to avoid paying overtime and to evade pesky employment laws? Treat your workers as “independent contractors.” Print Problem solved. Or maybe not. An appellate court has reminded employers again about the costly...more

Employee Or Independent Contractor – The War Has Been Waged

The battle between employers and government agencies over the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors (an “IC”) has been waged for years. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S....more

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