Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.

March and April 2020 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update   

The last two months have consumed all of us with matters related to COVID-19. This public health emergency has created an anomalous situation virtually no one could have foreseen: legislation being passed at the federal level that treats independent contractors … Continue reading

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Businesses Concerned About COVID-19 Unemployment Benefit Rights for Independent Contractors

Federal and state laws have historically barred independent contractors and other non-employees from unemployment insurance benefits—until the COVID-19 crisis descended on the U.S. workforce. This pandemic, almost overnight, suspended almost all work opportunities for those who have operated as self-employed … Continue reading

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How Can Companies Protect Themselves Against Independent Contractors Mistakenly Filing as Employees for Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act?

Self-employed individuals are now covered for pandemic unemployment assistance under the CARES Act, as we discussed in our blog post of March 26, 2020. Many independent contractors whose work has ceased or lessened substantially during the Coronavirus pandemic have started … Continue reading

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Is the New Postmates Decision in New York a Blockbuster Case on Independent Contractor Misclassification or Not?

The New York Court of Appeals today issued a decision involving the independent contractor status of a Postmates courier.  The Court’s opinion supporting employee status may have very little impact from a judicial standpoint in New York and, indeed, may … Continue reading

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Federal CARES Act to Provide Unemployment Assistance to Independent Contractors; Paid Leave Now Also Available to ICs

The Senate passed last night an 883-page Coronavirus stimulus bill, which is expected to be passed by the House and signed into law by the end of this week.  It contains unemployment assistance provisions that expand coverage to individuals not … Continue reading

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