The publisher of this blog, Richard Reibstein, was named “Top Author” in JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards (2016, 2017 and 2019) for his thought leadership on the topic of “Employer Liability” issues as well as “Top Author” on “Class Actions” in 2016.
About Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Legal Blog
This legal blog is owned and published by lawyer Richard Reibstein as an individual and not as a member of the law firm in which he is a partner. Ever since it was launched in 2010, this has been the only legal blog in the country devoted solely to the subject of independent contractor compliance and misclassification.
This blog is designed for informational and educational purposes. Each blog post contains a comprehensive analysis of a new legal development in this niche area of the law and provides the reader with one or more takeaways. The blog includes a monthly update of legal developments affecting businesses that use independent contractors as part of their business model, and a wide-ranging set of Resources/Links (below).
This blog addresses issues related to the defense of misclassification claims and class actions as well as audits and investigations by the IRS and state tax and workforce agencies including unemployment and workers compensation, and enhancing compliance with federal and state labor, tax, benefits, and other laws impacting the use of independent contractors and individuals paid on a 1099 basis. Comments from readers about this blog or individual blog posts are invited.
The blog contains a comprehensive set of informational and educational resources and links for businesses, consultants, and lawyers seeking materials about this emerging area of the law affecting companies in virtually every industry including those in the on-demand, gig, and sharing economy.
- White Paper
- IC Diagnostics™
- Articles Published Elsewhere by This Blog’s Publisher on IC Misclassification
- Selected Newspaper Articles of Note (Including Quotes by This Blog’s Publisher)
- IC Laws: State Laws Enacted and Federal Bills Proposed (Since July 2007)
- ‘IC-Neutral’ and ‘IC-Minus’ Legislation, Rule-Making and Court Decisions
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Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.
Many companies that operate their businesses on an independent contractor model or supplement their workforce with ICs may be wondering if they will be impacted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule on joint employer status, which was informally … Continue reading
Our combined news update provides guidance for companies that utilize independent contractors on what not to do. The first lesson involves a company’s waiver of its best argument for compelling arbitration of an IC misclassification claim. As we pointed out … Continue reading
Ten years ago, when we began a legal blog dedicated to independent contractor compliance and misclassification, the landscape of the law involving ICs was quite different than today – although a great deal remains unchanged. We summarize below over 250 … Continue reading
“Independent contractor misclassification” is a phrase that is misunderstood, misapplied, and misused – constantly. It is used to cover an array of disparate forms of IC misclassification: unpardonable; uninformed; unprepared; unintentional; and unjust.  The phrase is warranted in situations when … Continue reading
Last month saw large settlements and yet another new lawsuit against companies that have an independent contractor business model, but also success by such companies in obtaining a favorable jury verdict in an IC misclassification lawsuit and compelling arbitration of … Continue reading