Independent Contractors

We’ve posted on this topic several times before but the battle between independent contractors and employees continues.

Here’s a brief refresher on the basics of why proper classification of employees as independent contractors or employees matters:

  • Employees (not independent contractors) are entitled to workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits.
  • Employees (not independent contractors) have taxes withheld

Upcoming Webinar: Independent Contractor or Employee? Avoiding Worker Misclassification Confusion Is your company at risk of being told that your independent contractors are actually employees? If the Department of Labor (DOL) breaks this news to you, what are the labor implications? What are the tax obligations? What are your legal obligations to a third party?

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Play Ball and Win ‘Em All—Overtime Hits the Big LeaguesContinuing the trend of expanding Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules outside the traditional realm of hourly manufacturing or retail workers, two recent events show that employers should be aware that exemption and independent contractor issues are on the forefront of labor scrutiny.

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Employees vs. Independent Contractors: The DOL Weighs in on Worker MisclassificationYesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that provides some important new guidance on the standard for classifying workers—as employees or independent contractors—under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). And make no mistake: This guidance clearly intends to make it more difficult than ever for employers to classify their workers

DOL Proposes Rules For Compliance With Obama’s Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive OrderLast summer, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which requires government contractors hoping to secure contracts of over $500,000 to disclose state and federal labor law violations from the past three years. This week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued proposed rules defining exactly what “federal law violations” must

But Wait . . . My Workers Are Independent Contractors, Right?Following the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent release of its Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Alabama Department of Labor, employers should not rest easy simply because they classify their workers as independent contractors. DOL’s Misclassification Initiative seeks to prevent, detect and remedy employee misclassification and it has entered similar agreements with 15 other

President Obama Strikes (Signs) Again with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order
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Employers will have to report previous labor law violations to bid for federal government work beginning soon. On the heels of President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LBGT discrimination by federal contractors, the President signed yet another executive order—this one requiring disclosure of labor and