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Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.”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 →

The Deceptive Allure of a New Third Status of Worker

The Deceptive Allure of a New Third Status of Worker

On May 10, 2016, the Coalition published a White Paper titled, The Deceptive Allure of a New Third Status of Worker. The paper discusses concerns with the idea of creating a new third worker status that some have proposed as a reaction to the perceived inadequacy of current law spurred by the rapid success of companies operating in the “sharing… Read more →