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…

New York, Illinois find success in tackling labor violations

From newsobserver.com — “Illinois and New York are national leaders when it comes to curbing worker misclassification. Their efforts were highlighted by a recent review of payroll records on large, publicly financed projects conducted by reporters for McClatchy and ProPublica, an independent nonprofit news outlet, in both states. While North Carolina and other Southern states…