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$228 Million: The Cost of Independent Contractor Misclassification for FedEx Ground in California

Yesterday, June 12, FedEx announced in papers filed with the SEC that its Ground Division “has reached an agreement in principle with [drivers] in the independent contractor litigation that is pending in …California [federal...more

Employee Misclassification in the Entertainment Industry

Employee misclassification is one of the leading labor abuses in the country. In fact, in recent years, both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a misclassification initiative to combat...more

Employers Beware! Government Agencies Are Out To Bust You For Misclassifying Your Employees As Independent Contractors

Both federal and state labor authorities are hot on the trail of companies who hire employees and call them “independent contractors.” The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has entered into a Memorandum of...more

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: The Consequences of Misclassification

The distinction between independent contractors and employees carries more burdens, consequences, and decisions than ever before. In addition to the tax consequences, there are health care compliance consequences, workers’...more

Latest Scoop From New Jersey on Independent Contractor Misclassification May Cause Employers Brain Freeze

An ice cream parlor in Dania Beach, Florida, features The Original Kitchen Sink Sundae, which contains up to 30 scoops, plus chocolate syrup, marshmallows, nuts, whipped cream, and a variety of berries. Customers can choose...more

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

The 2014 Forecast for Employers

The year 2013 was anything but boring for labor and employment lawyers: delay of the Affordable Care Act employer mandate, changes to the National Labor Relations Board and questions about the validity of hundreds of past...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

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