independent contractor

My sincere thanks to my colleague, Joshua Hawks-Ladds for being the featured speaker today in the continuing monthly webinar series we’ve been doing on hot topics in employment law.

This month’s webinar focused on the unintended employment relationship; in other words, everything you wanted to know about temps, independent contractors and even franchisees (and their

Over several generations now, parents and their kids have been enthralled and entranced with the readings of the classic children’s book – "Are You My Mother?"

Put that same question in the employment context and you get the title to the next free webinar I’m producing — entitled "Are You My Employee? 

Normally, we do

It’s been a busy week. The ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels project stopped by for a visit yesterday. We talked about the blog and how attorneys and clients can really take advantage of technology

(We also talked about bar association activities; my public thanks to all the people on the various task forces and

Earlier today, I was fortunate to hear Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi speak at a Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section event as the 2009 Distringuished Speaker Award.  He can weave a great story and mixed telling us tales of his interactions between Justices Sotomayor and Roberts, and of working for a United States Supreme Court 

Over the weekend, the Hartford Business Journal published a revealing look at Connecticut’s efforts to crackdown on companies that avoid paying employee taxes and workers’ compensation insurance. Indeed, according to the published report, the state’s efforts resulted in 220 stop-work orders at construction sites across Connecticut.

But the report goes on to contend that

Back in February, a federal court in Connecticut dismissed a lawsuit brought by three former wrestlers who contended, among other things, that they were improperly classified as independent contractors.

The case garnered national attention (see, for example, this post by Zach Lowe at The American Lawyer) for a variety of reasons, including the disclosure

Many weeks after the WWE filed its motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by three former WWE wrestlers ("Raven" and "Kanyon" and others — otherwise known as Scott Levy, Chris Klucsartis and Michael Sanders ), the wrestlers have fired back filing their papers opposing WWE’s motion.  (For full coverage of this lawsuit, click here.) 

The

Here’s a quick update on some items and topics that have been covered by the blog over the past year:

  • Earlier this week, I raised the issue of whether the rising unemployment rate would also lead to more employment lawsuits. Reuters yesterday released a very good and balanced article on the subject. I shared my