Human Resources News & Insights

NLRB: 2 employer-friendly court rulings

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued two rulings that tighten up two controversial decisions issued during the Obama administration. 

A refresher course in dealing with ICs in today’s enforcement climate

Pennsylvania just joined the growing list of states that pledged to work with the Department of Labor (DOL) in preventing employers from misclassifying full-time employees as independent contractors (ICs). Will your state be next?  

Is paying $100M in IC settlement really a win for Uber?

In the latest chapter of two highly publicized lawsuits involving independent contractors (ICs), Uber is officially on the hook for $100 million to its drivers. But did the ride-hailing company actually come out on top with this settlement?  

Yet another contractor classification test you need to know

Just when we all thought the argument over which test to use to determine if someone’s an independent contractor or not was settled by the DOL, two more tests (one old, one new) enter the fray. 

IRS reminder: Your contractors have to pass this test, too

Earlier this summer, the DOL issued a statement that most thought laid to rest any argument as to which independent contractor classification test employers should follow. But since then, the IRS has essentially said, “Not so fast.” 

IC status? It comes down to a question of ‘economic dependence,’ DOL says

There are a number of different ways for employers to determine whether an individual is a full-time employee or an independent contractor (IC), but is there one single method all companies should be using? In recent guidance, the DOL answered that question with a resounding “yes.”  

DOL’s got another surprise for you: New guidance on ICs

While firms anxiously await the DOL’s new FLSA overtime rules, the agency just announced it will be releasing new information on another key wage-and-hour issue this summer.  

Are these strippers employees? Judge makes $10.8M call

You know the cost of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. But can you determine whether or not these exotic dancers were employees?

NLRB just rewrote the rules on employee classification

Independent contractors (IC) can’t join unions. As a result, it’s in the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) best interest to make it harder to classify employees as ICs — and that’s exactly what it just did.

Beware: New DOL action makes using independent contractors even riskier

To all those using independent contractors: The Department of Labor (DOL) is no longer looking to just strengthen its own enforcement of employee classification rules, it’s now strengthening states’ enforcement efforts as well.