The publisher of this blog, Richard Reibstein, was named “Top Author” in JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards (2016, 2017 and 2019) for his thought leadership on the topic of “Employer Liability” issues as well as “Top Author” on “Class Actions” in 2016.
About Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Legal Blog
This legal blog is owned and published by lawyer Richard Reibstein as an individual and not as a member of the law firm in which he is a partner. Ever since it was launched in 2010, this has been the only legal blog in the country devoted solely to the subject of independent contractor compliance and misclassification.
This blog is designed for informational and educational purposes. Each blog post contains a comprehensive analysis of a new legal development in this niche area of the law and provides the reader with one or more takeaways. The blog includes a monthly update of legal developments affecting businesses that use independent contractors as part of their business model, and a wide-ranging set of Resources/Links (below).
This blog addresses issues related to the defense of misclassification claims and class actions as well as audits and investigations by the IRS and state tax and workforce agencies including unemployment and workers compensation, and enhancing compliance with federal and state labor, tax, benefits, and other laws impacting the use of independent contractors and individuals paid on a 1099 basis. Comments from readers about this blog or individual blog posts are invited.
The blog contains a comprehensive set of informational and educational resources and links for businesses, consultants, and lawyers seeking materials about this emerging area of the law affecting companies in virtually every industry including those in the on-demand, gig, and sharing economy.
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- Articles Published Elsewhere by This Blog’s Publisher on IC Misclassification
- Selected Newspaper Articles of Note (Including Quotes by This Blog’s Publisher)
- IC Laws: State Laws Enacted and Federal Bills Proposed (Since July 2007)
- ‘IC-Neutral’ and ‘IC-Minus’ Legislation, Rule-Making and Court Decisions
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Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.
New Jersey Getting Tougher on Independent Contractor Misclassification: Task Force Issues Report With 16 Regulatory and Legislative Recommendations
Earlier today, July 9, the New Jersey Misclassification Task Force issued its first Report. The Task Force, created by an Executive Order issued by Governor Phil Murphy on May 3, 2018, includes representatives from the New Jersey Labor, Treasury, and … Continue reading
This past month was relatively uneventful in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance news, if one regards a $16.5 million settlement as unremarkable. But the amount of the settlements in IC misclassification cases appears to be increasing substantially. … Continue reading
Conducting Due Diligence for Independent Contractor Misclassification Liability: A Guide for Private Equity Firms and Their Portfolio Companies
The publisher of this legal blog and Matthew Kane, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Z Capital Group, LLC, wrote an article as guest authors for Private Equity Law Report entitled “How to Evaluate Portfolio Companies for Independent Contractor … Continue reading
The past two months were two of the busiest ever in terms of judicial decisions involving claims of independent contractor misclassification, administrative and regulatory initiatives, and legislative developments. They are combined in this blog post. Two of the most impactful … Continue reading
Following on the heels of a very favorable decision by a federal appellate court earlier this year that insurance agents for American Family Insurance were not misclassified by the company as independent contractors in a class action brought under ERISA, … Continue reading