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Independent Contractor versus Employee Crackdown

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Several years ago Microsoft mistakenly classified employees as independent contractors. When a class action case ruled that these “independent contractors” were really employees, Microsoft had to issue millions of dollars in back stock options. Employers continue to mistakenly erroneously classify employees as independent contractors. This can result in significant liability and serious penalties as Air Couriers International (aka Sonic) found out when it received an EDD assessment exceeding $600,000.00 (including penalties). In Air Couriers International v. Employment Development Department published earlier this ...
Independent Contractor versus Employee Crackdown « California …
Georgia asks about new developments in the area of Independent Contractors vs. Employees both from the IRS perspective and EDD. Improperly characterizing an employee as an independent contractor can have some significant negative effects. Not only will the worker be entitled to all of the protections that come with being an employee (e.g., overtime, timely payment of wages, reimbursement of expenses, protection from discrimination, etc.), the employer could be subject to significant penalties by the EDD, the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, and the Department of Industrial Relations. Additionally, you may end up losing workers’ ... market research, surveys and trends
Employees versus Independent Contractors in New Hampshire – Do you ...
Most employers would prefer to treat their help as ‘subcontractors’, and not ‘employees’. Why? Because they want to avoid the headaches and additional social costs our society puts on them when they have employees, such as workers compensation insurance, unemployment compensation, overtime. There are many government agencies that will try to challenge whether someone you’re hiring is really an employee, particularly if that individual should get hurt on the job, or file an unemployment claim.  So, before going on, let me state that if you simply treated all your hired help as employees, filed all ... market research, surveys and trends


Independent Contractor Test
If you hire contingent workers such as independent contractors and temporary employees in Nevada, here is an important update about minimum wage, overtime eligibility, and ultimately, worker reclassification risk. On July 1, 2010, the minimum wage in Nevada will increase from $6.55 per hour $7.25 for Tier-1 employees. For Tier-2 workers, minimum wage increases from $7.55 to $8.25. The Nevada constitution allows for different Tier levels of minimum wage depending on whether the workers recieve a qualified health care plan. But what does this mean for contingent workforce managers?  Pool of Workers Eligible for Overtime ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
DOL to crack down on misclassification of employees as independent ...
As part of the Obama administration’s stepped-up enforcement of workplace laws, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) plans to hire 100 additional investigators to support a joint initiative with the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to target employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. Classifying employees as independent contractors isn’t illegal in itself; however doing so can be costly. Districts expose themselves to liability for unpaid employer taxes as well as a portion of both the income tax withholding that should have been taken from each employee’s paycheck and the ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Government Crackdown of Independent Contractors
and as a result, a rapid increase in the effort and judicial force being exerted on employers to properly classify workers as either employees or Independent Contractors . In late 2009, there were 250 members of the IRS task force enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). It is estimated that this number will rise to 850 before the end of 2011 . According to representative of a large Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) company, there are conservative reports that 30% of companies are out of compliance with the FSLA and other estimates that claim that number reaches up to 75%. The Workers Compensation Law ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Judge Blocks SB1070
PHOENIX -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked several provisions of Arizona's new immigration law from taking effect as scheduled today. In a 36-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton said the Obama administration provided sufficient evidence that it would ultimately prove to her, after a full-blown trial, that the sections violate the U.S. Constitution or federal law. The judge also said that allowing the contested provisions to take effect would create a hardship on the federal government. In making that conclusion, Bolton implicitly rejected arguments by John Bouma, attorney for Gov. Jan Brewer, that ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Employees versus Independent Contractors in New Hampshire - Do you ...
staff, you don't need to worry about the distinction between an independent contractor versus an employee. If you insist that the people you pay are ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Pension Abuse | New ...
Attorney General’s program bill to build on recent passage of Senate Majority’s Taxpayer Empowerment and Accountability (TEA) Plan The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive legislation (S8699), introduced at the request of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo following discussions involving the Senate and Attorney General’s office, that cracks down on school pension abuses that have forced taxpayers to pick up the rising costs, and increases transparency of school district expenses. The Attorney General’s program bill will prevent excessive and wasteful spending, and mitigate problems that have resulted from school districts ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Safe Haven No More: How Online Affiliate Marketing Programs Can ...
Affiliate marketing has become a popular and profitable way for online merchants to access potential buyers, especially where those merchants lack a physical presence in the buyer’s home state. By increasing market penetration and brand recognition, affiliates have contributed to the growth of e-commerce and, consequently, the growth of untaxed electronic purchases. As a result, affiliates recently became the focus of states looking to capture lost sales tax revenue from online sales. In 2008, New York became the first state to target affiliate marketing programs with a tax amendment that requires out-of-state vendors ...
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