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The Future is Freelance

by Fisher Phillips on

Yesterday, Upwork and the Freelancers Union published the results of Freelancing in America: 2017, a comprehensive annual measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The report’s findings are wide-ranging, from the number of...more

Do You Know The ABC’s About Independent Contractors?

Recently, New Jersey’s Appellate Division once again addressed the test used to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor. The plaintiff in Garden State Fireworks Inc. v. NJ Dept. of Labor,...more

Independent Contractor Status And The ABC Test

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have handled almost 100 unemployment insurance audits by the New Jersey DOL, where the underlying gravamen is that certain individuals are or are not independent contractors. The Auditors enforce the law very strictly and...more

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Small Business Focus: Employees and Independent Contractors

WHEN A PERSON OR BUSINESS NEEDS SOMEONE TO PERFORM SERVICES, that relationship may be structured in different ways. In some cases it may make sense for the person or business to hire someone as an employee, while other times...more

Court Presses Pause On Uber Misclassification Cases, Awaiting SCOTUS Ruling On Class Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently placed a temporary halt on the ongoing misclassification litigation against Uber, pointing out that it would make sense to wait for a key Supreme Court decision before proceeding...more

September 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

September included three court cases that have attracted considerable attention in the area of independent contractor misclassification: an $8.75 million settlement in the nationwide class action against Postmates by its...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How This Classification Is Bringing Legal Challenges To The Gig Economy

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The gig economy is a labor market characterized by temporary positions or freelance work with independent workers for short-term engagements as opposed to permanent jobs. Think Uber, Delivery Dudes, Taskrabbit, and Upwork. ...more

August 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

This past month was unusually “slow” in terms of developments in the law of independent contractor misclassification and compliance. There was no blockbuster court decision or lawsuit filed, although one interesting...more

Employee or independent contractor? Right to control is key

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment...more

The Ground Continues to Shift in Wage and Hour Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

A year ago, employers across the country prepared for the implementation of a new overtime rule that would dramatically increase the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions, on the understanding that the new rule would...more

1099 or W-2? How to Classify Workers in the Gig Economy and Why It Matters

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Uber and other ride sharing companies have been at the forefront of the “gig economy” where websites and mobile applications (commonly called “apps”) connect workers to customers who need a temporary service. With the rise of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: August 2017

by Payne & Fears on

Arbitration - Sprunk v. Prisma LLC, No. B268755, 2017 WL 3614265 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2017) - Summary: Employer waived right to compel arbitration against class members by not timely pursuing arbitration. ...more

Phase One Of Grubhub Trial Ends; Waiting Game Begins

by Fisher Phillips on

The evidentiary phase of the Grubhub misclassification trial ended last week; now the gig economy world waits with baited breath for a final ruling. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this could be the first time the...more

Judge OK’s $8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in...more

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

A Look-In At The Halfway Point In The Critical GrubHub Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

As readers of this blog know, we are right in the midst of one of the most significant legal developments for the gig economy. For the first time, a judge is being asked to definitely decide at trial whether a typical...more

Ohio Federal Court Finds Insurance Agents are Employees and Not Independent Contractors

by Locke Lord LLP on

In an action filed by insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio found the agents were employees who could pursue pension and...more

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North Carolina law, the Act does...more

NLRB Fires Shot At Handy, Taking Aim At Gig Economy In General

by Fisher Phillips on

Josh Eidelson from Bloomberg reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against gig economy mainstay Handy earlier this week, alleging that the on-demand workers who provide home cleaning...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

by Littler on

The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

North Carolina’s New Employee Misclassification Law: What Will Be The Practical Effect?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act, signed into law on August 11th, creates the Employee Classification Section of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This new Section will...more

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employee Misclassification

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Most employers are familiar with legal issues surrounding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. Until recently, these discussions centered primarily around the decision on how a worker should...more

New Case Shows That “Uber-ization” of Workforce Could Lead to Misclassification Challenges

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about a recent NLRB decision where the Board found a group of workers who provide video content services for the display board at Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games to be incorrectly...more

Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If business owners are not concerned about the make-up of their workforce, they should be. In recent years, the number of lawsuits concerning misclassification of employees has risen exponentially. This is because companies...more

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