Independent Contractors

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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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Issues Two Significant Opinions for Employers

In April 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued two important decisions providing guidance for employers on the scope of Massachusetts’s wage and hour laws. In one decision, the Court held that employers may...more

Uber’s ADA Conundrum

When you think of Uber (or similar companies like Lyft and Sidecar) you probably think of a transportation company. You request a ride on the company’s app and a driver (in his own vehicle) picks you up. The nature of the...more

Rhode Island and Federal Officials Agree to Cooperate in Investigating Independent Contractor Misclassification

On May 7, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI-DLT) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they agreed to...more

California Legislative Update

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

Captain of the Cheerleading Team: An Employee Too?

On April 21, 2015, California’s legislature advanced a bill that would require professional sports teams based in California to classify their cheerleaders as employees and pay them a minimum wage. The state assembly’s...more

Spring Regulatory Agenda Sets Forth New Deadlines, Proposals

In keeping with past practice, federal agencies released their spring regulatory agendas on the eve of a holiday weekend. These semiannual reports list all of the federal agency regulations currently under development or...more

To Be or Not To Be (an Employer) [Video]

Presented by J. Travis Hockaday and Megan P. Black Regulators from a wide variety of government agencies continue to scrutinize relationships between businesses and the people and entities that provide services to them in...more

I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Practices for Temporary Labor and Contractors Four things to do now to minimize risk

Many of our clients rely on temporary labor solutions and outsourcing of certain functions to contractors to make their businesses work. While these workers are not your direct employees, their presence on your site doing...more

Avon Calling: Employees Allege Overtime Exemption Misclassification

Avon categorizes all of its district service managers (DSMs) under the “administrative” exception of California law that requires employers to pay overtime wages. DSMs are the Avon employees who recruit and train the...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

Are They Independent Contractors? Don't Hedge Your Bets on the Entrepreneur Test

A Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) in Tattsbet Limited v Morrow [2015] FCAFC 62 (11 May 2015) has upheld an appeal by Tattsbet Limited (Tattsbet) that a former agency operator was a contractor,...more

Uber and Other Startups Facing Independent Contractor Disputes

Perhaps the blurriest line in employment law is the difference between an independent contractor and employee. Companies prefer contractor status because it is cheaper and offers more flexibility. ...more

Venezuelan Employers Must Immediately Put Outsourced Employees on Payroll

The grace period for implementation has expired. Venezuelan employers were required to incorporate outsourced employees into their payroll as of May 7 to meet the deadline for the 2012 Organic Law of Labor and Workers...more

Virginia & North Carolina Launch New Initiatives on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee significantly affects an employer’s obligations towards the worker and can result in liability for misclassification. Employees are entitled by law to...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue 4: Mitigating Risks To Maximize The Advantages Of Your Contingent Workforce

The “traditional” workplace as we once knew it is changing, and a key component of this evolution is the rise of the contingent workforce. Companies are continuously seeking innovative ways to cut costs, increase efficiency,...more

Multi-Agency Investigation Successfully Targets Arizona and Utah Construction Companies’ Misclassification of Employees

Sixteen Arizona and Utah companies accused of misclassifying more than 1,000 construction workers agreed to pay $700,000 in back wages and penalties after a multi-year, multi-agency investigation led to consent judgments,...more

These Taxi Drivers Are Not Employees Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

We have been following the high-publicity battle between Uber and Lyft, on the one hand, and the drivers on the other, over whether the drivers are properly classified as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft argue they are...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

April 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The leading news in the area of independent contractor compliance and misclassification in April 2015 is the settlement by Macy’s and its logistics company in New Jersey with the delivery drivers and their helpers used by...more

Paying Child Support: Are Your New Hires Being Honest?

Knowing that his old high school friend Iman Dedbeet had just been taken to the cleaners by his ex-wife Goldilocks in a nasty divorce, Johnny Clueless decided to help Iman out by hiring him as his general sales manager at...more

Structure Your Start-up For Fundraising Success - Part Four: Sign up your employees and contractors

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors...more

Rare Decision Finds Workers Were Properly Classified as Independent Contractors

Convincing a court that a company has properly classified a worker as an independent contractor has become increasingly difficult in Massachusetts. So, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision just last week that...more

The 2015 White Paper on Independent Contractor Misclassification: How Companies Can Minimize the Risks

In This Issue: - Introduction - Independent Contractor Misclassification: How It Has Arisen ..The Economic and Business Advantages of Using Independent Contractors ..Lax Enforcement and...more

New reporting requirements for employment intermediaries

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) continues to strive to reduce the number of workers not subject to PAYE. It has added new reporting requirements for businesses that it considers to be ‘employment intermediaries’. Care is now...more

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