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‘Black Car’ Drivers in NYC Ruled Contractors, Not Employees

April 12, 2017, 3:45 PM

Drivers of “black cars” in the New York City area who have franchise agreements with dispatch companies are independent contractors, not employees entitled to wage protections, a federal appeals court ruled (Saleem v. Corp. Transp. Grp., Ltd., 2017 BL 119627, 2d Cir., No. 15-88, 4/12/17).

“This decision should have far-reaching effects across the country,” not only for the black car industry, but for “putative employers” in other industries, said Evan Spelfogel of Epstein Becker & Green PC in New York, which represented Corporate Transportation Group Ltd. and the other named defendants.

Under a multifactor “economic...

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