Are you too cozy with your independent contractors?

From Lexology — “January 1, 2015 is fast approaching, and with it, the first year the employer mandate applies to employers with 100 or more full-time employees (50 in 2016) – the “Play or Pay” rules. In preparation for this new law, employers should review the individuals they treat as independent contractors to be sure they can…

Want To Be Your Own Boss? Here’s Some Good News

From Forbes — “according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup poll, being the decision maker outweighs financial rewards, scheduling flexibility and the sense of accomplishment that comes with owning a business. But new data from Sageworks, a financial information company, show that at least in recent years, the financial performance of small businesses has been pretty good,…

The rise of the temporary worker

From The Late Report — “while some employers may be tempted to label temporary workers as “independent contractors” instead of “employees” in order to avoid paying employee benefits and requisite withholding of federal, state and local employment taxes, labeling a true employee as an “independent contractor” inappropriately could lead to severe penalties and fines from both…

Janitorial Services Executive Speaks Out Against Worker Misclassification

From the  Construction Citizen — “Certain corporations have chosen to cut corners and pad their profits by misclassifying their workers as “contractors” when they should have been classified as “employees”.  Employee misclassification in our state is explicitly against the law, yet because of weak enforcement mechanisms there are virtually no tangible consequences for violating the law.  This…

Addressing wage theft, misclassification

From TheGazette — “Worker misclassification is “becoming, unfortunately, more and more prevalent,” said Catherine Ruckelshaus, general counsel and program director with the National Employment Law Project based in New York. Though misclassification has long-been a problem in the construction industry she added that it is beginning to pop up in retail. Depending on how a worker is…