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Independent No More: The Crackdown on the Use of Independent Contractors

For years, many employers have tried to reduce their tax burdens by treating persons who perform services for them as individual contractors as opposed to employees and thereby reducing the payroll withholding taxes they must...more

NLRB Adopts New Test for Independent Contractor Misclassification, Applies it to Find FedEx Drivers are Employees Who Can Unionize

The NLRB has tossed a new vegetable into the enormous salad of independent contractor misclassification tests. As companies might expect, the new vegetable smells rotten. Companies who wish to analyze whether their...more

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

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

The Supremes Sing Out About Control: It is the Primary Test for Deciding Whether a Worker is an Employee or an Independent...

In December 2008, newspaper carrier Maria Ayala sued Antelope Valley Newspapers on behalf of herself and a putative class of other newspaper carriers. The crux of her allegations in the complaint is that Antelope Valley...more

Senate Finance Committee Considering Measure to Largely Repeal IRC Section 530 Safe Harbor for Most Businesses Using Independent...

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D.Ohio) reintroduced the “Fair Playing Field Act,” S.1706, in November 2013. The bill, which first appeared in 2010 under then-Senator John Kerry’s sponsorship, purports to close an ostensible loophole in...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

Federal Agencies Go After “Misclassified” Landmen

Are your landmen independent contractors? Are they employees? What do they look like to the government?...more

Another Reason Not to Misclassify Employees

As reported in prior Snell & Wilmer publications (See September 2011 Workplace Word, October 2011 Workplace Word and January 9, 2013 Legal Alert), there are numerous reasons why employers need to ensure that they do not treat...more

June 30 Deadline to Apply for Temporary Employment Tax Settlement Program

Is your company considering reclassifying certain workers, but hesitant because it is worried about triggering a federal employment tax audit or not having consistently filed Form 1099s for those workers in the past? If you...more

Raising the Stakes of Worker Misclassification Yet Again

New requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to intensify state and federal governments' crackdown on worker misclassification....more

IRS Temporarily Liberalizes Requirements For Employment Tax Partial Amnesty Program But June 30th Deadline Looms

Many companies struggle with how to classify their workers for tax purposes. Are they employees? Or, are they independent contractors?...more

Changes In The IRS Independent Contractor Classification Program

In September 2011 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new voluntary relief program for worker status termed the voluntary classification settlement program (VCSP). Announcement 2011-64, 2011-41, I.R.B. 503. On...more

IRS Provides Additional Favorable Guidance on Recently Modified Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued News Release IR-2013-23 to provide additional favorable guidance regarding modifications to the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) issued in...more

New Tax Court Decision Highlights Need for Construction Contractors to Consider Expanded IRS Voluntary Worker Classification...

For years, the question of whether construction workers should be treated as employees or independent contractors has been an important issue that many contractors have overlooked or chosen to ignore. However, a recent U.S....more

IRS Expands VCSP Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced its expansion of the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) to allow more employers to achieve certainty under the law by reclassifying their...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

Who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act...

As we have written in this space in the past, whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor can have many consequences. The classification can determine whether the principal is liable for the negligent acts...more

Independent Contractor Or Employee – It Can Depend Upon Who Has The Burden Of Proof

Those of us who work in the benefits area understand that the distinction between employee and independent contractor is an important one, but one in which the determination is not always clear. In many cases, the IRS takes...more

The IRS Modifies the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On October 4, 2011, we reported on the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), a program in which the IRS permits employers to prospectively reclassify workers as employees in exchange for limited federal...more

Legal Alert: IRS Provides Temporary Waiver Of Certain Eligibility Requirements For The Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

In Announcements 2012-45 and 2012-46, the IRS has temporarily eased the eligibility requirements for employers to participate in the employment-tax Voluntary Classification Settlement Program ("VCSP") that was begun last...more

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications By Frank L. Brunetti on April 6th, 2012 Employers may be paying closer attention to how they classify workers in light of new state statutes that are being adopted in...more

Labor: DOL initiatives to crackdown on employee misclassifications

Originally published in InsideCounsel.com - March 5, 2012. Penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors could be severe In one of the most noteworthy collaborations of 2011, the U.S....more

DOL Set to Share Employee Misclassification Information with the IRS and States

In what appears to be another example of cracking down on the improper use of independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced it is entering into agreements with the IRS, as well as some state...more

Legal Alert: Employee Misclassification Relief?

The IRS recently announced a new "Voluntary Classification Settlement Program" (VCSP), which allows employers to correct worker classification errors and pay significantly reduced penalties, without having to go through...more

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