Independent Contractors

The US Department of Labor has recently recently refocused its definition of independent contractor status in the context of wage and hour and overtime exemption status. The “economic reality” of the alleged employment status will be primary standard for evaluation misclassification which looks to the degree of economic dependence between the parties 

instead of more mechanical tests like degree of control, materials provided, independent trade or profession, and contractual terms such as an independent contractor agreement.


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