Are Exotic Dancers Employees or Independent Contractors?

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From the Wall Street Journal – “a case that has raised an increasingly common question about so-called exotic dancers: Are they independent contractors or employees entitled to a minimum wage and benefits? In a partial summary judgment in November, a federal judge in Manhattan awarded nearly $10.9 million in back pay to a group of…

5 Predictions for the Freelance Economy in 2015 – Forbes

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From Forbes — “In some ways the future is now and, based on our extensive analysis of the freelance economy, this is what we anticipate for 2015: 1) Continued Growth of Freelance Work By all indications, the trend towards freelance work will continue to grow. There are currently an estimated 53 million Americans freelancing, approximately…

Netherlands: Independent contractor proposal could alter usage

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From Staffing Industry Analysts —  “A Dutch legislative proposal could affect the use of independent contractors by ending tax incentives and making it less appealing for companies to hire them….   [Independent contractors] are eligible for start-up tax breaks and corporate tax breaks available to small companies. However, they also receive a tax-free allowance of €7,280…

Merged freelance startup Elance-oDesk raises $30M

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From the  Silicon Valley Business Journal –“Elance-oDesk raised $30 million in new funding eight months after the two big online freelance and temporary job startups merged. The company led by CEO Fabio Rosati said that the round was led by Benchmark. Other existing shareholders who participated include T. Rowe Price, FirstMark Capital, Sigma West, New…

Labor Department Sharpening Focus on Misclassification

From Bloomberg BNA – “In combating employee misclassification, the Labor Department is taking strategic misclassification enforcement to the next level by placing greater priority on measures that are tactical and swift, a department official said. “To carry out our job, we must be prudent and strategic in our enforcement actions,” said David Weil, administrator of…