Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.

Second Favorable Ruling for Insurance Companies on Independent Contractor Misclassification

Following on the heels of a very favorable decision by a federal appellate court earlier this year that insurance agents for American Family Insurance were not misclassified by the company as independent contractors in a class action brought under ERISA, … Continue reading

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Update on Uber: Company Announces It Is Settling Up to 60,000 Individual Arbitrations Alleging Independent Contractor Misclassification

Ride-sharing giant Uber Technologies announced by way of a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has reached agreements to resolve the independent contractor (IC) classification claims of a large majority of the 60,000 drivers in … Continue reading

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Is There Anything New or Dramatically Different in the Labor Department’s Opinion Letter on Independent Contractor Status for On-Demand App-Based Service Providers?

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Opinion Letter on the issue of independent contractor status of an on-demand virtual marketplace company (VMC) that refers end-market consumers to service providers who offer delivery, transportation, shopping, moving, cleaning, plumbing, … Continue reading

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March 2019 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Cases reported below for this past month show that large companies remain in the crosshairs of class action lawyers representing workers in independent contractor misclassification lawsuits. Two well-known industry leaders in the retail and insurance industries were sued in Texas and … Continue reading

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Impact of Proposed Joint Employer Rule on Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims

Companies that operate their businesses on an independent contractor model or supplement their workforce with ICs are likely to be asking, “Does the proposed new joint employer regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor have any impact on independent … Continue reading

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