The publisher of this blog, Richard Reibstein, was named “Top Author” in JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards (2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020) for his thought leadership on the topic of “Employer Liability” issues as well as “Top Author” on “Class Actions” in 2016 and 2020.
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.
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- 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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Should Your Business Require Independent Contractors to Sign Coronavirus Waivers and Releases of Liability?
Many companies are asking, should we require independent contractors to sign advance waivers and releases of liability for contracting the Coronavirus? Most commentators have urged companies to refrain from requiring employees to sign such waivers and releases, but there is … Continue reading
Baked Goods Companies Targeted by Distributors in Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Actions: June 2020 News Update
We highlight in this past month’s news update two class action settlements entered into by bakery companies alleged to have misclassified product distributors as independent contractors. One of those baked goods companies has now incurred over $47 million settling IC … Continue reading
May 2020 was not a busy month for the filing of new independent contractor misclassification lawsuits, as some courts were closed for new filings and many lawyers were working remotely. But five cases came to our attention that provide meaningful … Continue reading
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
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