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New York City Law Increasing Protections for Freelance Workers Takes Effect

In a previous post we discussed the significant new obligations New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” imposes on employers that retain the services of freelance independent contractors. On May 15, these requirements...more

Freelance Isn’t Free: New York City Reins in Independent Contractors, One Work Provider at a Time

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (or FIFA, for short) is not just an attention-grabbing name, but game-changing legislation that has imposed unprecedented regulations on the Five Borough “gig economy.” FIFA, which...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Enacts Freelance Worker Law

by Murtha Cullina on

Employers’ engagement of independent contractors has increased substantially in recent years. Short-term projects and the gig economy have fueled the need for workers, who are not looking (or are unable) to find permanent...more

Negative Reviews: Seeing Stars or Trolls? Here's What You Can and Can't Do

by Lewitt Hackman on

Trolls aren’t just fictional creatures living under bridges in fairy tales – today they are anonymous but highly visible creatures plaguing individuals and businesses on social media. They’re angry, vindictive and financially...more

Deorbiting Your Own Intellectual Property Fight

Ponder, for a moment, the following hypothetical. You develop specialized technology for in-orbit robotic satellite assembly, repair and servicing. You store the technology at a theoretically secure customer site—a NASA...more

The Top 10 Government Contracting Compliance Headaches in 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the government contracting industry, compliance related issues tend to take place. With administration and party changes, 2017 promises to offer additional complexities. Confusion amongst government contracting...more

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Independent Contractor Classification

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he or she provides services to only one employer. The court’s decision, which was officially released on March 21,...more

Cloud Assurance Programmes: “Carry an umbrella, even in the desert”

by DLA Piper on

This article was originally published on InBusiness.ae and is reproduced with permission. Do all users of cloud-based services need to have a service assurance programme in place? Of course not. Can these risks be mitigated...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

Public Finance Advisory: IRS Releases Clarifying Management Contracts Rules

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

For the third time in as many years, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has issued guidance for determining whether a management contract will result in private business use for property financed with governmental or...more

IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts - Impact on Healthcare Providers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds. By way...more

New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee Advances Bill Concerning Payment of Freelance Workers

On January 19, 2017, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A-4410) that would require written contracts between “freelance workers” and their hiring entity (“client”). Those contracts would need to include...more

IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies

On January 19, 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (the “Rev. Proc.”) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants - The Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is amending its regulations concerning recognition of certain national,...more

New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleagues, Clarisse Thomas, Keegan Drenosky and I have been busy keeping track of the developments in New York which may impact Connecticut employers with cross-border business. Here are two of the most recent...more

New regulations on use of external personnel in Germany

by Bryan Cave on

The law to amend the German Employee Lending Law (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz - AÜG) will come into effect as of 1 April 2017. This not only restricts the use of leased employees (Leiharbeitnehmer) for companies; the risks...more

New York City Passes Trailblazing Freelancer Wage Theft Protection Law

by Genova Burns LLC on

On November 16, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act (“the Act”). The Act generally grants freelancers the right to a written contract, timely payment and to be free from...more

Got Vendors? Guidelines for Third-Party Vendor Management

by Bryan Cave on

Third-party service providers are critical for startups’ growth. Independent developers, designers, marketing firms, and data analysts (among others) provide valuable services, but they also present difficult and unique...more

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

Freelancers in New York City Get Wage Protections

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A written contract, payment within 30 days, and statutory damages for non-payment of wages are among the provisions of New York City’s new freelancer protection law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on November 16, 2016. The law...more

FCC's Order on Broadband Privacy Will Be Felt by Energy Companies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Modern energy companies should pay close attention to the Federal Communications Commission's recent order adopting rules protecting the privacy of customer proprietary information. Although not particularly focused on energy...more

Higher Education, Exempt Organization & Governmental Financings - Tax Presentation

Qualified Equity - Allocation & Accounting Rules for Private Business Use - New Treasury Regulations regarding measurement and allocation of private business use (PBU) benefit universities that finance a...more

Wage Protections for Freelancers, Paid Sick Leave for Domestic Violence on New York City Council Agenda

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York City Council continues its pro-worker efforts. The latest include proposed legislation (i) providing protections against non-payment of wages for freelance workers and (ii) expanding the list of permitted reasons...more

Bad leaver clauses and the new rule against contractual penalties

by Dentons on

Two recent decisions touch on the interaction between bad leaver clauses and the new rule against contractual penalties set out by the Supreme Court in November 2015....more

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