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Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

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Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

What the First-Ever Bill Promoting Portable Benefits for Independent Contractors Does – And Does Not Do

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Independent contractors and other contingent workers are not currently eligible for workers’ compensation, disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and pension benefits under federal and most state laws. This may well...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...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

Coleman Issues Tax Tip: Determining Worker Status

One of the more difficult tax issues with which businesses are often confronted is determining whether persons supplying personal services to the business are employees or independent contractors. The IRS has recently issued...more

Limited Impact of New Florida Law Deeming Uber, Lyft and Other Ride-Sharing Drivers Independent Contractors and Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the Transportation Network Companies Act (HB 221), which designates drivers for ride-sharing companies in the on-demand or gig economy as “independent contractors” as long...more

California Supreme Court Set to Address Fate of Independent Contracting

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court, in Dynamex Operations v. Superior Court, has agreed to address the legal standard for determining whether a worker classified as an independent contractor is really an...more

New York City’s First-in-the-Nation Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect Next Week

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 15, 2017, a first-in-the-nation law regulating the relationship between independent contractors and those who retain their services goes into effect in New York City. Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it...more

Law Firm Misclassifies Secretary As Exempt And Now Must Pay Overtime

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

You know, law firms are not immune from FLSA issues merely because they are law firms and may be allegedly endowed with some superior knowledge of laws. A recent case illustrates this maxim. The name partner of a Los Angeles...more

UberSuccessful Digital Business Model May Crash If Florida Court Classifies Drivers as Employees

It’s no secret that the multi-billion dollar gig-economy app company has faced its share of speed bumps, roadblocks, and controversies the last several years. As a result of issues with local regulatory traffic laws, rider...more

Employment News - May 2017 #1

by Hogan Lovells on

Self-employment and the gig economy laid bare – Parliamentary Committee calls for changes to employment status - The Work and Pensions Parliamentary Committee inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy has...more

April 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

April was a red-hot month for independent contractor misclassification cases. We report below on 11 cases in the courts and two before administrative agencies involving...more

Speaking Deliveroo: whatever next?

by Dentons on

Deliveroo has set out words and phrases that managers should use to describe its riders and their working practices in an attempt to fortify the company’s stance that its riders are self-employed, rather than workers....more

Don’t Judge a Conditional Certification Motion by Its Cover

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court denied a motion for conditional certification of a nationwide collective action against Barnes & Noble. The ruling highlights that, even though the burden for “first stage”...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Some time ago, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a focus on what it saw as a workplace trend, namely the characterization of people performing functions that are an integral part of the employer’s business (not plumbers...more

Interesting Tactic in FLSA Collective Action—Pre-Litigation Settlement Talks

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have blogged so many times about Assistant Manager class actions. I never seem to get tired of it because there is a never-ending “supply” of them. Guess what. Another one. A group of employees working for AC Moore, an...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

Flagged Down: Second Circuit Finds NYC “Black Car” Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a class action of New York City “black car” drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors by their dispatchers. In reaching its ruling, the Court found...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

Federal Court Provides Roadmap For Misclassification Success – Sort Of

by Fisher Phillips on

Ruling In Favor Of Independent Contractor Status Provides Boost To Gig Economy - A federal appeals court in New York handed a massive victory to a car service enterprise yesterday, ruling that a group of workers...more

Is This Your New Roadmap To Misclassification Success? Maybe.

by Fisher Phillips on

This is a big deal The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came down in favor of a sharing economy business in a misclassification case yesterday, ruling that a group of black-car drivers were independent contractors and not...more

New District of New Jersey Case Shows Importance of Requiring Drivers to Form Corporate Entities in Misclassification Cases

by Genova Burns LLC on

Late last month, District of New Jersey Judge Robert B. Kugler partially granted FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. (“FedEx”)’s Motion to Dismiss in a trucking misclassification case. The court dismissed several claims but...more

Sheppard Mullin Secures Major Victory for Chipotle in Nationwide Misclassification Action By Demonstrating Variations Among...

The Court’s opinion in Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill demonstrates how employers can successfully combat class action claims that employees were misclassified as exempt. The successful defense of the class certification...more

Two Employment Law Issues Startups Should Know About

by Varnum LLP on

It's no secret that the first year of operation can make or break a startup. Don't let overlooked employment issues be your startup's downfall. Below is a brief overview of two major issues startups face in their first year....more

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