Our View: Misclassifying employees cheats everyone

From fayobserver.com: Editorial — “If your employer announced that your hourly job was being converted to independent-contractor status so the company could avoid paying taxes, you’d feel cheated. If you ran a business on the up-and-up and learned your competitor across town was using independent contractors to fill jobs that the law says are supposed to…

Freelancers increasing in numbers

From delmarvanow— Rhonda Adams writes:  “Years ago when I started my own small business, I’d bristle when someone said, “So you’re a freelancer?” At the time, the idea of being a freelancer — someone without a full-time, paying position — seemed a pretty negative way to be described. That certainly has changed. Now, a third…

Employee misclassification crackdown: DOL shells out millions to fund detection and enforcement

From HR.BLR.com, Jasmin M. Rojas, JD writes “For a while we have been telling you that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is serious about cracking down on employee misclassification. Since announcing its Misclassification Initiative in September 2011, the DOL continues to make employer compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) a top…

Can an Independent Contractor share your trade secrets?

From the Oregon Business Report — “A recent case out of Massachusetts held that, as a matter of law, in the absence of a confidentiality agreement (or a formal confidentiality policy), an independent contractor was free to disclose a company’s trade secrets, including customer names, pricing information, business processes and work flow patterns, information about business relationships…