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Independent Contractors Misclassification

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 -

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

by Fisher Phillips on

While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

Could Congress Soon Swoop In To Aid The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

Reports out of Washington, D.C. indicate that gig economy businesses could be in for an end-of-the-year treat in the form of game-changing legislation. Chris Opfer and Tyrone Richardson of Bloomberg BNA report that Senate...more

October 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

There were newsworthy developments in a number of cases in the area of independent contractor misclassification during the month of October. Those cases were brought against companies in an array of different industries...more

October 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. October was no...more

A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

by Fisher Phillips on

After a five-hour closing argument session in a California federal court on Monday, the gig economy is waiting with baited breath and trying to hazard their best guesses about how the judge will rule in the high-stakes Lawson...more

Addison Lee suffers double defeat in ongoing battle over gig economy rights

by Dentons on

Addison Lee, the London-based minicab and courier company, recently lost two cases in decisions that echo the "gig economy" rulings against the likes of Uber, Excel, City Sprint and Pimlico Plumbers. The claims against...more

Lawyers in GrubHub Trial Make Final Arguments in Independent Contractor Misclassification Case, But Decision Is Unlikely To Be...

by Locke Lord LLP on

The lawyers for GrubHub and the driver who is among thousands who sued the company for independent contractor misclassification made their closing arguments earlier today before federal Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott...more

Summary Of Post-Trial Briefs Filed In Grubhub Misclassification Case

by Fisher Phillips on

The parties in the Grubhub misclassification case are back in court on Monday, October 30, delivering their final closing arguments to the judge. We’ve written about the trial extensively. To sum it up, though: a former...more

Whatever Happened To...The Wage Claim of Strippers (Or, “Exotic Dancers”) As Employees?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Back in 2011, I discussed a titillating case of strip club dancers (or, a decision says, “performers”, “entertainers”, “dancers” or even “exotic dancers” — although not “strippers”) who were trying to claim wages for the time...more

The Future is Freelance

by Fisher Phillips on

Yesterday, Upwork and the Freelancers Union published the results of Freelancing in America: 2017, a comprehensive annual measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The report’s findings are wide-ranging, from the number of...more

Do You Know The ABC’s About Independent Contractors?

Recently, New Jersey’s Appellate Division once again addressed the test used to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor. The plaintiff in Garden State Fireworks Inc. v. NJ Dept. of Labor,...more

Independent Contractor Status And The ABC Test

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have handled almost 100 unemployment insurance audits by the New Jersey DOL, where the underlying gravamen is that certain individuals are or are not independent contractors. The Auditors enforce the law very strictly and...more

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

Small Business Focus: Employees and Independent Contractors

WHEN A PERSON OR BUSINESS NEEDS SOMEONE TO PERFORM SERVICES, that relationship may be structured in different ways. In some cases it may make sense for the person or business to hire someone as an employee, while other times...more

Court Presses Pause On Uber Misclassification Cases, Awaiting SCOTUS Ruling On Class Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently placed a temporary halt on the ongoing misclassification litigation against Uber, pointing out that it would make sense to wait for a key Supreme Court decision before proceeding...more

September 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

September included three court cases that have attracted considerable attention in the area of independent contractor misclassification: an $8.75 million settlement in the nationwide class action against Postmates by its...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

August 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

This past month was unusually “slow” in terms of developments in the law of independent contractor misclassification and compliance. There was no blockbuster court decision or lawsuit filed, although one interesting...more

Employee or independent contractor? Right to control is key

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment...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

1099 or W-2? How to Classify Workers in the Gig Economy and Why It Matters

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Uber and other ride sharing companies have been at the forefront of the “gig economy” where websites and mobile applications (commonly called “apps”) connect workers to customers who need a temporary service. With the rise of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: August 2017

by Payne & Fears on

Arbitration - Sprunk v. Prisma LLC, No. B268755, 2017 WL 3614265 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2017) - Summary: Employer waived right to compel arbitration against class members by not timely pursuing arbitration. ...more

Phase One Of Grubhub Trial Ends; Waiting Game Begins

by Fisher Phillips on

The evidentiary phase of the Grubhub misclassification trial ended last week; now the gig economy world waits with baited breath for a final ruling. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this could be the first time the...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

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