CALIFORNIA: 5 new laws that will affect employers, workers

From the Press-Enterprise — Richard K. De Atley outlines 5 new laws that affect employers and employees in 2015.  They include Mandatory Paid Sick Leave, ‘Abusive Conduct’ Training, Discrimination Protection, Foreign Labor, and, of course, independent contractors: “INDEPENDENT CONTRACT WORKERS Law: AB 1897. Employers responsible for independent contract workers. What it says: Under some circumstances, employers…

More Problems for Uber and Lyft Drivers in Oregon

From Salem-News.com — Drivers for Lyft and Uber are independent contractors and responsible for their own taxes.  This article provides some guidance for these drivers: “Independent contractors will soon deal with some very specific tax issues. (SALEM, Ore.) – We’ve written before about how the issues of liability, insurance and accountability have proven extremely problematic…

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Compliance Officers

Develop a Risk-Based Compliance Program

From Corporate Counsel — Ryan McConnell and Meagan Baker write about New Year’s resolutions for compliance officers but essentially outline a risk-based compliance program.  Readers of this blog recognize the risks of misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees and the increase it the risk in 2015 with the implementation of the Affordable…

15 for ’15: employment and labor resolutions for the New Year

make sure your independent contractors are really independent contractors

  From Lexology – Robin E. Shea and David P. Phippen offer 15 resolutions for the New Year, including the top item — “Make sure your ‘independent contractors’ are really independent contractors”!   See some of their resolutions below: 1.  Make sure your “independent contractors” are really independent contractors. ”Independent contractors” are under scrutiny by the…

IRS’ ‘safe harbor’ loophole frustrates those fighting labor tax cheats

safe harbor

From the Charolotte Observer — “Misclassification is a widespread practice; companies can save 20 percent or more on labor costs by not paying state and federal taxes and workers’ compensation for their workers. Those that abuse the system are able to cheat competitors and exploit desperate workers, denying them unemployment benefits and often overtime and…