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Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.”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

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 →

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Proposals Would Continue Pressure on Firms that Do Business with Independent Contractors

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Proposals Would Continue Pressure on Firms that Do Business with Independent Contractors

The following are lightly edited excerpts from the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposals that describe the provisions we believe would be of interest to independent entrepreneurs and their clients. I. Internal Revenue Service A. Increase certainty with respect to worker clas­sification – Section 530 Repeal The Administration proposes: to permit the IRS to issue generally applicable guidance about the… Read more →

Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing "Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses"

Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing “Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses”

During a November 12, 2013, hearing before the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, titled Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa) announced his introduction that day of the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013, which is expected to be similar to a similarly named bill, S…. Read more →