Independent Contractor (IC) Classification

In a recent DOL Opinion Letter concerning service providers (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, etc.) who are referred to potential customers (an “Angie’s List” type of rating and referral agency), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Dept. of Labor (USDOL) concludes that the service providers are not employees of the rating and referral agency; theyContinue reading “Independent Contractor (IC) Classification”

Minimum Wage Hike

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would, by 2020, increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from the current $7.25 hourly rate.  State laws would then have to match or exceed that new minimum. Most states (30 total including the District of Columbia) currently exceed theContinue reading “Minimum Wage Hike”

New Developments in Independent Contractor Status

In a previous post regarding the “Gig Economy” I concluded that………. The fact is that the role of workers in the workplace is changing and the regulations which govern this relationship are way overdue for reexamination.  A major overhaul seems to be called for rather than patching up what currently exists. We need to ask whether overtimeContinue reading “New Developments in Independent Contractor Status”