Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.

May 2020 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Law News Update

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

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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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