Employment Law Newsletter: Independent Contractor or Employee? Why It’s Time to Revisit Worker Classification


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Wyrick Robbins Employment Law Group has released the Summer 2011 issue of The Resource: A Legal Newsletter for Employers & Human Resource Professionals.

A recent joint initiative by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor seeks to strengthen enforcement of existing laws regarding employer misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Meanwhile, Congress is considering an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would provide an additional penalty for employers who misclassify workers.

With increased enforcement and penalties for worker misclassification on the horizon, now is a good time to make sure employees are properly classified. This issue of The Resource, written by Wyrick Robbins employment law attorney Jenna C. Borders, looks at the multiple factors to consider in determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor and provides a helpful chart for employers to reference.