Feeling agile? Crystal ball gazers are predicting more employers soon will answer that question with a robust “yes.” According to a new study from staffing firm Randstad US, both employers and employees see the world of work turning to “agile” work—scenarios in which traditional full-time permanent workers increasingly share duties with contractors, consultants, temporary, and [...]
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by H. Juanita M. Beecher
Although a Texas federal district court judge barred the implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (FPSW) final rule, the paycheck transparency requirements of FPSW are still scheduled to become effective for federal contractors with new contracts worth more than $500,000 issued after January 1, 2017. [...]
Employers can expect some relief from federal requirements under the Trump administration, especially those put in place under President Obama.
New pay reporting requirements and the overtime rules almost certainly are doomed, as are new requirements for contractors, attorneys from Fortney & Scott predicted during a recent webinar. On the other hand, employers are likely [...]
by Jo Ellen Whitney
This summer, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) indicated that under new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations issued in May, it might be necessary for various employers to change some workers’ overtime exemption. In a blog post on the DOL website, the agency also indicated that employees [...]
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is signaling employers that the agency is expanding its focus on emerging employment issues. And given the drastic change taking place in today’s workplace, the new priorities aren’t surprising, according to an attorney well-versed on the “gig economy” and other challenging employment issues.
The EEOC recently announced its updated [...]
by Ryan B. Frazier
Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business, making them responsible for covering most of their own business expenses, taxes, and costs. Worker classification [...]
by Ryan Funk
In recent years, business relationships have increased in complexity. So, among all the independent contractors, franchises, joint ventures, and internships, just who is an employee? And which company—or companies—is the employer? Federal and state regulators are taking a new look at those questions and responding with new interpretations and new regulations. The federal [...]
by Amy McLaughlin
Unlike the lottery, you generally don’t want the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to pick your number for a workplace audit or investigation. However, a DOL visit may be unavoidable. Over the past five years, the number of DOL-initiated investigations has increased by 35 percent, and the DOL has a [...]
by Michael J. Spooner
Businesses’ use of independent contractors is a growing trend in the American economy, and many observers believe the trend is here to stay. Independent contractors come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Well-known companies like Uber and Lyft rely almost exclusively on independent contractors, but there has [...]
by Ryan B. Frazier
Employers sometimes classify employees incorrectly under the law. For example, employees may be treated as independent contractors, who are considered self-employed. Although misclassification may be intentional, it is most often done mistakenly under a belief that workers are properly classified.