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DOL Memo Means Time to Review Worker Misclassification

July 16, 2015, 4:00 AM

New Labor Department guidance on worker misclassification means that employers should take a good, hard look at the way they distinguish between employees and independent contractors, but not necessarily that they should change those classifications, workplace lawyers told Bloomberg BNA July 16.

DOL Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil said in guidance issued July 15 that “most workers” should be considered employees covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act 135 DLR AA-1, 7/15/15. That’s because the six-factor “economic realities” test that courts use to review worker classifications reflects the “very broad” scope of an employment relationship as defined ...