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Lawsuits and Technology: There’s an App for getting a Job – But are you an Employee or a Contractor?

A recent article from the ABAJournal highlights a new emerging dispute in employee v.s. independent contractor law – you can check that article out here

Reasons for Business Owners to Properly Classify Workers

ln a previous blog post I talked about the consequences of business owners mislabeling employment status see here

Employee v.s. Contractor – Matters to the Worker
“Employees” enjoy protections under Federal and State law not afforded to independent contractors.

Take for example the Michigan Wage and Fringe Benefit Act – which requires Employers to pay employees every two weeks, or at a minimum on a monthly basis.  MCL 408.472. The Michigan law also imposes strict penalties for an employer found to have violated an employee’s rights.

New Technology – New Questions for Workers

It isn’t a surprise that technology has given rise to a dispute in this area of the law.

The article gives reasons why these “app-summoned” workers are grumbling about their “wrongful” status of independent contractor. Being labeled an Independent contractor presumes a level of autonomy – apparently not enjoyed by the plaintiffs in the lawsuits.

Could Technology Give Rise to a New Legal Classification?

Interestingly, some law professors’ solution is creating a new class: “Dependent Contractors” – a sort of hybrid of rights and duties. It will be interesting to see what comes of these lawsuits – a new classification for workers?

Questions? Comments?

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

http://www.dwlawpc.com

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