The independent contractor: to be or not to be

From Lexology — The story is a familiar one: employer engages services of an independent contractor, subsequently terminates those services, and the independent contractor files a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. The employer responds to the unemployment insurance claim by stating that the individual is not entitled to benefits because he or she is an…

N.H. subcontractor cited for worker misclassification in Mass.

From the New Hampshire Business Review — Universal Drywall LLC, a New Hampshire company working as a subcontractor on the Job Corps Center project in Manchester, misclassified workers as independent contractors in Massachusetts to gain an unfair advantage over competitors who obeyed the law, according to a suit filed last week by the Massachusetts attorney…

With No Fanfare, Congress Re-Introduces the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014 to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

From the Independent Contractor Compliance and Worker Misclassification Legal Blog — Most bills in Congress dealing with independent contractor misclassification are introduced with a great deal of fanfare. But not so with the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014, which was introduced on May 8, 2014 and released to the public earlier today. The bill was sponsored…

A guide to employees and independent contractors

BY MELINDA KIBLER When you hire a worker, should you hire him or her as an employee or an independent contractor? This choice is not simply a matter of title. The Internal Revenue Service and other regulators have created a legal framework specifying the differences between the two types of worker. Employers must understand the…