Our recent Forbes.com article summarizes some important points to keep in mind with respect to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act status of "contract laborers", "freelancers", "casual workers", "contract employees", or independent contractors by any other name.
Organizations whose operating models are based upon or incorporate independent contractors ignore the current enforcement climate at their peril.
The U.S. Labor Department continues to expand the number of jurisdictions and agencies with which it is collaborating on the "misclassification" of workers as independent contractors.
The employee-misclassification "Memorandum of Understanding" entered into between the U.S. Labor Department and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service should cause every employer to take notice.
The U.S. Labor Department announced today that it has entered into a cooperative alliance aimed at eliminating the misclassification of employees as "independent contractors".