Employers skirt wage requirements

From the baltimoresun.com — “What is misclassification, exactly? Well, most federal and local wage laws apply only to “employees” — and rules such as overtime pay apply only to “non-exempt employees.” To avoid extra costs, about 30 percent of employers play brazen (and unlawful) games with these legal definitions. Want to hire people without paying them the…

Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines

From Sands Anderson PC – JDSupra — “Worker misclassification remains a number one target area for both state and federal review.  On July 1, 2014, the  Virginia Workers Compensation Act (the “VWCA”) significantly increased the civil penalties that the state can impose on a Virginia business owner who has failed to insure a worker who should have been insured. The civil…

8 Myths About Freelancing You Need to Know Now

From LinkedIn —  “It must be said: freelancing has its perks. The option to take control of your career, the opportunity to earn more without waiting for the next performance review from your boss, the chance to say no to work that you don’t want to do–all these are valid reasons why a lot of people quit…

Roofer who worked as part of a team and was told where to go and what to do was an employee

From  WestlawNext (subscription required) — The Supreme Court of Oklahoma addressed the issues of employee or independent contractor in the context of an unemployment claim.  The court said: “In Page v. Hardy, 1958 OK 283, 334 P.2d 782, this Court set out several factors to be considered when determining whether an employee/employer relationship exists. Those are: (a)…

The Independent Contractor: Who We Are  

From It’s My Business — “The independent contractor fills key positions in a number of important industries. We make up 88.3 percent of taxi drivers, 64 percent of financial advisors and 20 percent of emergency room doctors. Though we fill different jobs, one thing unites us all: Each independent contractor enjoys the flexibility and responsibility of running…