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RISKS INCREASE WHEN CONTRACTING FOR SERVICES OR USING AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

Employers who use contract service providers or independent contractors are now at increased risk of being sued. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently issued an interpretive bulletin aimed at curbing employers’ misclassification of individuals as independent contractors. The USDOL says most independent contractors should be legally classified as employees. An employee misclassified as an independent contractor can sue the employer for minimum wage violations, overtime pay and other benefits. The employer may also owe retroactive contributions for worker’s compensation … Continue reading

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FMLA Rules to Expand Definition of Spouse to Include Same-Sex Spouses

The Department of Labor has announced new rules expanding the definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Under the new rules, eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse.  The new rules become effective March 27, 2015. The FMLA applies to employers with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius.  To be eligible for FMLA leave, employees must have worked for the company at least 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months.  … Continue reading

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