Independent Contractors

On May 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule, effective immediately, withdrawing a pro-business independent contractor rule that would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, rather than as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Earlier

As previously reported here, President Biden directed the Small Business Administration (SBA) to impose an exclusive two-week window where only the smallest businesses – those with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors – can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. He also instructed the SBA to change the loan calculations so certain

On March 2, 2021, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it is officially delaying the effective date of the rule titled “Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” The effective date for the rule has now been delayed 60 days from March 8, 2021, to May 7, 2021.

As we

On February 4, 2021, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) reintroduced federal legislation designed to significantly expand the rights of workers to unionize and enhance protections to employees whose efforts to do so are impeded by employers, or who are retaliated against for engaging in protected activity. The bill, known as

When someone should be treated as an independent contractor has huge implications for companies under a variety of state and federal laws that have their own standards.  Unfortunately for employers, the DOL’s view of how the so-called economic reality test under tCathe FLSA should be interpreted is in flux, making compliance very challenging.

In 2016,

Ballard Spahr Labor attorneys Meredith Dante, Steve Suflas, and Chris Kelly discuss what a Biden-Harris administration means for employers in the area of labor and employment law. The team discusses what they expect to see from a new administration regarding: potential changes to the National Labor Relations Act; the priorities of a new National Labor