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Recent Highlights on the Use of Independent Contractors

North Carolina passes a new law effective July 1, 2018 known as-the Employee Fair Classification Act and creates a new Section called the Employee Misclassification Section. What does this mean? Once a violation becomes known, all North Carolina government agencies are notified as are federal agencies where they are legally bound to do so. All […]

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The Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP) Initiative

THE FACTS: The Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP) initiative continues to be in effect. This enables the IRS and States to share Employment Tax Examination Results, including other information when you are paying 100 recipients. Over 30 states have entered into agreements to share the results of employment tax examinations. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) participants […]

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9th Circ. Temporarily Blocks Seattle’s Uber, Lyft Union Law

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday it was blocking the law pending an appeal by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which […]

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Newspaper Delivery Persons Not Considered Employees, Do Not Qualify for Certain Benefits

A New York Senate bill has excluded newspaper delivery persons from all connection to the terms “employee,” “employer,” and “employment” …barring certain conditions. Newspaper delivery companies in New York should be cautiously optimistic about the implications of this law. New York Senate Bill No. 6469 New York Senate Bill No. 6469 excludes newspaper delivery persons […]

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Drivers’ Claims Should Not Have Been Dismissed Without A Trial

The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit Finds Drivers’ Claims Should Not Have Been Dismissed Without A Trial In Light of Conflicting Evidence   An employee misclassification lawsuit filed by former and current delivery drivers against a transportation company, TXX, Inc., was dismissed by a federal district judge.  This, however, was not the end […]

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How the Trump Administration Will Impact Companies that Use Independent Contractors

With President-elect Donald Trump preparing to take office in 2017, everyone is wondering, “How will this affect me?” Businesses that use Independent Contractors (ICs) are particularly interested in how this change in administration will affect them. While exact details remain to be seen, there will likely be a change in the federal government’s approach to […]

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Freelance Isn’t Free: The Potential Business Consequences of New York City’s Newest Independent Contractor Law

New York City’s newest independent contractor law could have an enormous impact on businesses that use ICs. On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio officially signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, and the law could have serious consequences for businesses that use ICs in New York City. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act Under the new […]

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New York Governor Cuomo Orders Joint Task Force to Fight Worker Exploitation and Misclassification

On July 20th, 2016, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released an Executive Order creating a Joint Task Force to fight the exploitation and misclassification of workers. Millions of workers have been exploited through wage theft, unstable hours, illegal deductions, unsafe working conditions, employee misclassification, and deprivation of benefits. Workers are not the only […]

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FedEx Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits End with Sum Total of $466 Million in Settlements

Employee misclassification lawsuits involving FedEx and its Ground and Home Delivery drivers have led to an expensive settlement for FedEx. On June 15th, FedEx announced plans to settle the remainder of these IC class action lawsuits for a sum of $240 million. All in all, this will lead to a total of $466 million paid […]

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Walmart Pilots Same-Day Grocery Delivery Using Uber, Lyft, and Deliv Drivers

In an effort to make shopping easier for their customers, Walmart is expanding its grocery business with a new delivery option. Using courier drivers from Uber, Lyft, and Deliv, Walmart is piloting a same-day grocery delivery service. Available for this delivery service are 30,000 food-related items and 10,000 general merchandise items from Walmart store shelves. […]

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