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.
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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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Tag Archives: Federal and State Agency Programs and Publications
On Monday, March 11, 2013, Richard Reibstein, the publisher of this blog, submitted 17 pages of detailed Comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed data collection for its Worker Classification Survey. The Comments, which were officially received By the … Continue reading
Extension of the IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program: Is it Worth the Price of Admission for Businesses Concerned About Independent Contractor Misclassification?
The IRS earlier this week temporarily expanded the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), which was the subject of a prior post, to permit taxpayers who do not meet all of the conditions for the original Program to reclassify independent contractors as employees for federal employment … Continue reading
An IRS official noted that it is a valid business position to classify workers as independent contractors, so long as the business follows the law in making the classification. Anita Bartels, Program Manager for the IRS’s Employment Tax Compliance Policy … Continue reading
U.S. Budget: Labor Department Gets Additional Funds to “Detect and Deter the Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors”
The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget was announced by President Obama on Monday, February 13. It once again includes special funding for the Labor Department to “detect and deter” companies from misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Specifically, on page 146 of … Continue reading
California and U.S. Labor Department Enter into Memo of Understanding to Jointly Combat Independent Contractor Misclassification
In a news release issued earlier today, February 9, 2012, the California Labor Commissioner co-hosted a press teleconference with the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor during which they announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the … Continue reading