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You're an Independent Contractor? Not So Fast.

Posted by Andrew Weiner | Jul 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

On July 15, 2015, the United States Department of Labor issued Interpretation No. 2015-1 concerning employers' classification of workers as independent contractors. While employers classify workers as independent contractors for any number of reasons - including the desire to not pay overtime compensation to the workers since independent contractors are not entitled to overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act - one key takeaway from the Interpretation is that employers often are misclassifying workers as independent contractors, when in reality the workers should be employees.  As employees, the workers likely would be entitled to overtime compensation under the FLSA.  As the Interpretation states,"most workers are employees under the FLSA's broad definitions."  If you believe that your employer is misclassifying you as an independent contractor and denying you compensation that you are owed, please contact an FLSA attorney at The Weiner Law Firm LLC to discuss.

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Andrew Weiner

Andrew Weiner has represented and counseled clients in numerous areas of employment law, including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, retaliation and harassment claims, Fair Credit Reporting Act (background report) claims, common law tort claims, the development and implementation of employment contracts, employee handbooks, personnel policies, reductions-in-force, independent contractor agreements and compliance with Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal, state and local employment statutes. Andrew also has negotiated severance agreements, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and confidentiality agreements.


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