Category Archives: Independent Contractors

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Uber Willing to Pay $100 Million to Keep Its Drivers Classified as Independent Contractors

Recently, Uber announced that it agreed to pay drivers in California and Massachusetts $100 million in an effort to ensure that the drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. In just six years, Uber has expanded from its base in San Francisco to over 300 cities across the world. With more than 450,000 drivers using … Continue Reading

Webinar Follow-Up: New DOL Overtime Exemption Rules and Independent Contractor Guidance

Thanks to all of our clients and friends for such a great turnout at today’s webinar on the new DOL overtime exemption rules and the Administrator’s Interpretation on independent contractors. In case you missed the webinar, or if you just want to go back and review the materials and recording, you can find both an … Continue Reading

DOL Outlines New "Economic Dependence" Test for Independent Contractors

The DOL continues to deliver on the promise of its busy summer. This morning, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator Dr. David Weil announced a new, 15-page Administrator’s Interpretation in a DOL blog post that stressed the FLSA’s expansive definition of employment and reinforced the WHD’s position that most workers qualify as … Continue Reading

DOL Wage and Hour Division to "Clarify" FLSA Independent Contractor Definition

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division expanded its already busy agenda, announcing upcoming guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of “independent contractor.” WHD Administrator David Weil, speaking at New York University School of Law’s 68th Annual Conference on Labor, disclosed during his keynote address that his office would soon issue an “Administrator’s Interpretation” … Continue Reading

"Sharing Economy" Jobs Share Same Independent Contractor Issues as "Regular Economy"

A CNN op-ed piece caught my eye recently as it discussed some of the difficulties the so-called millennial generation is having in Silicon Valley and elsewhere when it comes to finding gainful employment. It paints a very grim picture about “sharing economy” jobs like Uber, Lyft, or Instacart. The writer opines that “[t]he sharing-economy jobs … Continue Reading

DOL Wage and Hour Division Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery of $240 Million From Employers

Last week, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator Dr. David Weil, who we have profiled in the past, announced on the DOL’s blog that WHD recovered more than $240 million dollars from employers on behalf of workers during fiscal year 2014, which ended last September. This total was down about 4% from … Continue Reading

Are You Secretly Running a Construction Business? State Law Says You Might Be!

I promise that this post isn’t a bad setup to a joke about The Sopranos, the mafia, or being in “waste management.” Late last month, I spoke at a regional meeting of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and many of the WISPs in attendance were surprised to learn that not only were they in … Continue Reading

You Load 16 Tons, What Do You Get: A Worthless Franchise!

Despite the focus in recent years on the misclassification of employees as contractors, unfortunately, we continue to see numerous companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups make mistakes, albeit mostly unintentional, with their use of “contractors.” Generally, these mistakes are because of misunderstandings (“We agreed to do it this way.”), myths (“She works two … Continue Reading

Ten Things Small Business Needs To Know About Minimum Wage and Overtime

I read the stories every day: some small business, often a local restaurant or a similar “mom and pop” operation, gets sued or tagged by the Department of Labor for failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to employees. Here’s just one example.  I have worked with a fair number of small and midsize businesses. … Continue Reading

Louisiana Joins the DOL's Misclassification Initiative

Louisiana is the latest State to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and join forces with the U.S. Department of Labor to combat employee misclassification.  These Memorandums of Understanding with state government agencies arose as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Misclassification Initiative, with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification. Louisiana is … Continue Reading

Wage & Hour Issues in the Cleaning and Maintenance Industry

Check out my article in the October 2011 issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management.  While focused on the cleaning and maintenance industry, the issues highlighted in the article are generally applicable to a wide range employers.  Here’s the link: Are You Due for a Wage and Hour Checkup? The U.S. Department of Labor has specifically identified … Continue Reading

Court: Cable Installers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor, IRS and various state agencies to launch a coordinated crack-down on employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. Recently, a U.S. District Court in Ohio issued a ruling that nicely illustrates the problem of misclassifcation and the potential liabilities … Continue Reading

DOL Coordinates With IRS, States On Independent Contractor Misclassification

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor held a ceremony at which Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis signed a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service to “improve departmental efforts to end the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections.” The DOL also signed or has agreed to … Continue Reading

Security Guards Misclassified As Independent Contractors

On May 24, 2011, a federal district court in Chicago ruled that security guards who were licensed, insured, trained, and paid by the hour by a private security company were not independent contractors, but employees entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Solis v. International Detective & Protective Service, Ltd.  Granting summary … Continue Reading
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