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Recent Study Reaffirms Independent Contractors Prefer their Status

A recent study found that 77% of independent contractors are very satisfied working as independent contractors. The Direct Selling Association sponsored the study titled, The Workforce of the Future, which was conducted by Bloomberg Government. Additional key findings from the study include: The number one reason study participants chose to become independent contractors was to be their own boss. 77%… Read more →

House Small Business Committee Hearing Considers Taxes and the Sharing Economy

At a recent hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.” The hearing, titled, “The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs, Part I” was held on May 24, 2016. Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) observed… Read more →

Ohio Bill Would make it More Difficult to Establish an Independent-Contractor Relationship

A bill was recently introduced in the Ohio legislature which would pose an existential threat to companies that do business with independent contractors. The bill, H.B. 568, would establish a new more stringent seven-part statutory test to determine a worker’s status for purposes of several state laws. H.B. 568 would amend the minimum wage, workers’ compensation, unemployment, and tax law… Read more →

NLRB Contends Worker Misclassification is a Violation of the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) appears to be creating a new source of regulatory risk to companies doing business with independent contractors. On April 18, 2016, the Regional Director of the NLRB’s Los Angeles office issued a Complaint against a transportation company alleging, among other things, that it is an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor… Read more →

States Clarify Worker Classification in the Sharing Economy

Several states have given businesses in the sharing economy something to celebrate: legislation that would clarify the independent-contractor status of individuals who obtain client opportunities through technology platforms. These legislative initiatives take two forms, namely, bills narrowly focused on transportation network company drivers (e.g., individuals who drive for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft), and broader bills that apply to individuals… Read more →