Obamacare helps the self-employed

From app.com — “Years ago, a tenured university professor told me his secret. He was desperate to quit and start his own business. He had enough in savings but didn’t dare leave his job. As a man in his mid-50s, he couldn’t get health insurance on his own. The Affordable Care Act, which some call…

Alabama joins fed’s misclassification battle

From Staffing Industry Analysts — “Alabama signed a memorandum of understanding to crack down on misclassification of employees as independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor reported yesterday. The department reported it has secured more than $18.2 million in back wages for more than 19,000 workers since it began signing memorandums of understanding with states…

Recent Case Reminds Companies That, Though Much Embattled, Independent Contractor Classifications Can Be Valid

From Foley & Lardner and  JDSupra. — “The dividing line between employees and independent contractors has been a hot topic in employment law for several years. In addition to the interest the federal government has taken in possible misclassification of employees, employers can also be subject to civil suits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)…

Credit check of potential independent contractor is fair game

From Travel Weekly — Mark Pestronk, a Washington based lawyer, writes:  “Keep in mind that the relationship between an agency and an IC is a business-to-business (B2B) relationship…. You know that you can check the credit of potential corporate clients by getting a Dun & Bradstreet report, and you know that you can refuse to…

Companies Largely Unaware of Financial Risk of Independent Contractor Misclassification

From  Rock Hill Herald Online, “The 2014 ICon Executive Insight Report: Worker Misclassification, Distinguishing Perception from Reality, reveals several key findings: Nearly seven-in-ten (68 percent) respondents said they have great confidence they would pass an audit, but in reality, only 55 percent actually reported passing their audit. Of the 45 percent that did not pass their…