independent contractor News

Lawsuit Alleging Faulty Work by Restoration Contractor May Proceed

An Indiana automotive parts manufacturer may proceed with a lawsuit that alleges its factory suffered additional damages after a fire because its insurer failed to quickly protect the facility from the elements and hired a restoration contractor who damaged equipment …

5th Circuit: Oil Platform Worker’s Longshore Act Claim Barred by Exclusive Remedy

Exclusive remedy bars a lawsuit filed by a mechanic against the owner of an offshore oil platform where he worked, even though he was employed by different company, a federal appellate court ruled. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected …

Misclassification Remains on State, Federal Government Radar

Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren’t employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare …

California Ruling That Driver Is Employee Threatens Ride Sharing Giant

California’s labor commissioner said an Uber Technologies Inc. driver who connects with customers through the company’s app must be considered an employee, a decision that strikes at the heart of its business model. San Francisco-based Uber, like other “sharing economy” …

States Clamp Down on Employers Calling Workers Contractors: Jobs

When construction slowed during the recession, some companies hired workers and wrongly designated them as independent contractors to avoid paying insurance, taxes, fair wages and overtime. Danny Odom, chief operating officer of Odom Construction Systems, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee, says …

Montana Couple Sues Over Basement Construction

A Montana couple is suing two North Dakota companies over construction of a wood basement. Mike and Melissa Tvedt, of Wibaux County, Mont., filed a civil complaint against Todays Agency, LLC, of Bismarck, and Shetler’s Construction, of Dickinson. The suit …