South Dakota Lawmakers may have to decide who qualifies for worker’s comp

From the Rapid City Journal — “The Legislature might be asked to clarify a worker’s compensation issue that recently developed in South Dakota — namely whether subcontractors must be covered by worker’s compensation insurance.If not, the public may end up paying more to ensure workers are covered by insurance in emergencies.A company that sells worker-compensation…

Workers Comp Corner: Being mindful with contract help

From the Times Argus Online — “In order for a person in Vermont to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, an employer-employee relationship must exist between the injured worker and the employer. This relationship is defined by statute which defines an employee as: “An individual who has entered into the employment of, or works under contract of…

How a ruling against FedEx could hammer Uber, Lyft

From Upstart Business Journal — “”I view the decision in our case as one that should be powerfully influential in challenges to the use of independent contractors in the ‘sharing economy,’ ” lead plaintiffs attorney Beth Ross, who filed the first challenge to FedEx’s independent contractor policy in 2005. After that, similar challenges were filed…

Sole Proprietors and Self-Employed Workers Show Strong Gains Statewide – NJ Spotlight

From NJ Spotlight — “The recovery of New Jersey’s economy may continue to be slow, but one sector — the self-employed and other businesses without paid employees — has been steadily increasing, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics released last spring for nonemployer businesses like a CPA or a freelance writer show that both the…