You’re an Independent Contractor? Not So Fast.

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 the compensation that you are owed, please contact an FLSA attorney at The Weiner Law Firm LLC to discuss.