Michigan

Michigan Court Rules for Westfield Insurance in ‘Employee v. Contractor’ Case

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  From the Insurance Journal, Stephanie K. Jones reports on a recent Michigan case in which the question of which insurance company was responsible for a loss hinged on whether the worker was an employee or independent contractor.  Stephanie writes: The focus of Farm Bureau General Insurance Co. of America v. Westfield Insurance Co. is whether that worker was…

Court Says Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors – New Michigan Law Agrees

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  From Newmeth Law Employment Blog, Patricia Nemeth and Kellen T. Myers discuss the Florida finding that an Uber driver was an independent contractor and a recent Michigan statute that also says Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. They write: On March 21, 2017, the “Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act” becomes effective,…

Michigan Contractor Ordered to Pay Back Wages 

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    Green Industry Pros reports that a company in Michigan was required to pay $38,000 in back wages and damages for unfair practices including misclassifying workers as independent contractors.  The story says: An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company and its owner violated the Fair Labor Standard…

Independent contractor or employee: Who is working for you?

From Crain’s Detroit Business — “The IRS recently developed a three-part test to determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee. The test considers all information that illustrates the company’s degree of control and the worker’s degree of independence. The three categories consist of 1) behavioral control; 2) financial control and…