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The Ninth Circuit Reminds Employers That A Good “Independent Contractor” Is Hard To Come By

The existence of an employer-employee relationship is a necessary precursor to wage and hour protection under California law.  With its recent decision in NLRB v. E. Bay Taxi Drivers Ass’n et al., the Ninth Circuit reminded employers that they cannot simply avoid their wage and hour obligations by self-anointing individuals as "independent contractors" despite the … Continue Reading

Caution: Take A Second Look At Your Independent Contractors

In a suit filed by Air Couriers International ("Sonic") against the Employment Development Department ("EDD"), to recover employment taxes paid for drivers who operated as independent contractors, the California Court of Appeal rejected Sonic’s claim that the drivers were independent contractors and instead found that the drivers acted as Sonic’s employees.… Continue Reading

Is Your Independent Contractor Really an Employee?

by Greg S. Labate Employers often unintentionally misclassify workers as independent contractors when they should really be employees. This common error can lead to serious consequences, including audits, lawsuits, and liability. Accordingly, all employers should conduct a careful review of their independent contractor relationships to determine if they are valid and proper.… Continue Reading

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