Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants to close worker classification loopholes

From the  Mansfield News Journal | mansfieldnewsjournal.com — “By classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees under federal tax law, employers can avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, Brown said. Workers classified as independent contractors also are denied the protection of critical labor laws, including minimum wage and overtime rules and the right…

NY DOL crackdown on “classification” of workers

From Lexology — “In 2013, New York’s “Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification” identified 24,000 instances of employee misclassification, discovered $333.4 million in unreported wages and assessed nearly $12.2 million in unemployment insurance contributions. In addition to the Task Force’s work, the New York Department of Labor (“DOL”) is prosecuting many of the misclassifications…

The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare

From BinghamtonHomePage — “professionals are choosing self-employment in order to control the type of work assignments they pursue (67 percent), to have a greater sense of flexibility and work-life balance (64 percent), and to follow a passion (59 percent). ‘While they are young, millennials should be proactive in taking advantage of intrapreneurship and training opportunities, as…

Utah unemployment claimant was an employee despite independent contractor agreement

From CCH — another reminder that having an independent contractor agreement is not conclusive if the relationship of the parties is more like an employer/employee — “Despite having entered into an agreement titled “Independent Contractor Agreement (Co-op)” with the company to deliver auto parts to its customers, the claimant was not independently established in a trade,…

The Pitfalls of Freelancing

 

Pitfalls of freelancing

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