Arizona firm pays $600K in IC case; taking steps to prevent misclassification

From Staffing Industry Analysts — “An Arizona drywall contractor agreed to pay $556,000 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to at least 445 current and former employees who had been misclassified as independent contractors by a staffing provider, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday. Paul Johnson Drywall Inc. will also take steps to ensure…

Rhode Island considering changes to worker classification regulations

  From  ICon Professional Services’ Blog — “The Rhode Island state legislature is considering a bill that would create uncertainty regarding the status of all independent contractors in the state, and many are concerned with the implications. Senate bill 2409, as it is known, would require the status of a worker to be determined by the Rhode Island…

Dental office worker misclassification

From DentistryIQ — “Sometimes, classifying employees for your practice is easy. If you hire someone to open the office and greet patients from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you have an employee. However, if you hire a bookkeeper to prepare your corporate tax return, you’re using an independent contractor. In the past, dental practices frequently hired dental…

Colorado Supreme Court: independent contractor status dependent on totality of the circumstances

From Lexology — “The Colorado Supreme Court ruled yesterday that determining whether a worker is “customarily engaged in an independent trade, occupation, profession, or business” in order to be deemed an “independent contractor” under Colorado’s unemployment insurance benefits laws requires an evaluation of the totality of the circumstances surrounding the relationship between the worker and the putative…