Delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, Ninth Circuit rules

From Lexology — “In a decision issued June 16, 2014, the Ninth Circuit ruled that despite the contract terms to the contrary, delivery drivers for Affinity Logistics were employees under California law, not independent contractors.  The Court of Appeals disregarded the fact that the drivers all had independent contractor agreements, formed their own corporate entities, paid for…

Self-employment: First choice or last resort?

From Lanka Business Today in the UK, Emma Simpson tells the story of two different individuals who started their own business.  In the first story, Zandra Johnson wanted to unleash her creative side.  In the second story, Akbar Vindhani started a laundry business because he was out of work and did not see an alternative.  These two…

Why many truckers choose independence

From the Press-Telegram — “Within three short years, I went from working for others to owning and operating my own business enterprise. Being an owner-operator provided me opportunity and through hard work, I’ve been able to explore different parts of the country, purchase my own fleet of trucks, manage my own operation, and now have…

Understand all of the tests related to independent contractor compliance

  From ICon Professional Services’ Blog — Many businesses rely on independent contractors for specific tasks. The main benefit is that it allows companies to deploy a flexible workforce made up of people with a significant degree of autonomy. The downside, of course, is that it is possible to accidentally misclassify workers who should be employees.…