The US Department of Labor announced that a final rule clarifying standards for employees versus independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) became effective on March 8, 2021.
If you have followed the news over the last few years, then you have undoubtedly noticed a continual battle between the classification of workers as independent contractors or as employees. California has perhaps received the most publicity concerning this type of classification, as the state passed a law that tightened requirements about who could actually be considered an independent contractor. However, last year, the people of California passed a ballot initiative effectively making it much easier for companies to use independent contractors instead of making workers employees. The issue of independent contractor classification is a target enforcement issue for the federal and state wage and hour agencies.
Here, we want to discuss new federal rules under 29 CFR Parts 780, 788, and 795, as well as what you can do if you are confused about how this can affect hiring employees in the Pittsburgh area or throughout Pennsylvania.
According to the Department of Labor, the final rule changes accomplish the following:
These new and final rules were published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021.
If you are a public or private employer in or around the Pittsburgh area, or anywhere in Pennsylvania, and you have questions regarding federal standards surrounding using an independent contractor versus an employee, you need to seek legal assistance. Employment lawyer Neva Stotler has extensive experience handling these issues and will be able to help you properly identify your employment needs. Attorney Stotler will examine your current employee or contractor situation and determine whether or not you are properly classifying your workers. N. Stotler Law is standing by to help you in these situations. You can contact us for a consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 724-841-5565.