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Independent Contractors Fair Labor Standards Act

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 -

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Uber Forced To Carry On Its Defense Of 'On Call' Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

In a case previously discussed by my colleague Linda Gulledge, a federal judge in eastern Pennsylvania has rebuffed Uber once again in its attempt to rid itself of potentially expensive wage claims. In December 2016, as Linda...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How This Classification Is Bringing Legal Challenges To The Gig Economy

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The gig economy is a labor market characterized by temporary positions or freelance work with independent workers for short-term engagements as opposed to permanent jobs. Think Uber, Delivery Dudes, Taskrabbit, and Upwork. ...more

Uber Driver Compensation Claims Survive Summary Judgment in EDPA

On September 13, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s motion for partial summary judgment in Razak v. Uber Technologies. It is the first time a district court in the Third...more

The Ground Continues to Shift in Wage and Hour Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

A year ago, employers across the country prepared for the implementation of a new overtime rule that would dramatically increase the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions, on the understanding that the new rule would...more

Employment Flash - September 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including a Texas district court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor's overtime rule; a New York appellate...more

Judge OK’s $8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in...more

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

Employer Alert: Department of Labor Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that the Obama-era administrative interpretations regarding joint employment and the classification of a worker as an independent contractor or employee has been...more

Dancer's Claims Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Third Circuit Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Employers should take note of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case involving the arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement....more

DOL Withdraws Guidance Letters Leaving Employers to Pick up the Pieces

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) guidance on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama administration,...more

Insurance Agents as Employees? Court Breaks Independent Contractor Precedent

On August 1, 2017, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer were employees for purposes of pursuing pension and other...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

Court Says Uber Drivers Can Proceed With National Misclassification Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court judge in North Carolina last week granted permission to a group of Uber drivers challenging the company’s classification structure to band together and proceed with a class action lawsuit against the...more

Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee

by Jaburg Wilk on

Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify...more

Need for Individual Scrutiny Kills FLSA Collective Action – That’s The Cure For This Disease

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have blogged on this topic many times but I never tire of it. What is the way to defeat a class action? The magic bullet? The answer? Too much individual scrutiny is needed! Another Judge has proven me right on this. A...more

In Pro-Employer Move, Trump Administration Withdraws DOL Guidance Letters

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

President Trump’s reputation as a no-holds-barred businessman was one of the pillars of his campaign. Six months into office, Trump’s administration is showing its pro-business (or pro-employer) tendencies through recent...more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration....more

Employment Law - June 2017 #3

DOL Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance, Promises More Change - Why it matters - The new Secretary of Labor officially withdrew the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance on joint employment and independent contractors, although...more

Second Circuit "Drives" Forward Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

In an April 2017 decision, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action brought by New York-area "black car" drivers, workers providing high-end transportation services in limousines and other upscale...more

DOL: "Joint Employer" and "Independent Contractor" Guidance Out and Wage and Hour Opinion Letters In

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of withdrawing published interpretations of the concepts of “joint employer” and “independent contractor,” the Secretary of Labor announced this week that it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters....more

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