Avoiding Liability for Independent Contractor Misclassification May Become Harder if New House Bill Passes.

A house bill has recently been introduced that will significantly change the liability of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. A bill concerning employee status was introduced in the House on July 30 by Rep Jim McDermott (D-Wash). The bill, H.R. 3408 or Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act of 2009, makes it substantially harder to avoid employment tax liability for …

Initiative #74 – Criminal Liability for Executives

StaffScapes review of the devastating labor initiatives on the November Ballot. Initiative #74 would “hold a business executive criminally responsible for the business’s failure to perform a duty required by law if the official knew of the duty and the failure to perform it.” The term executive extends to partners, officers, directors, managers, proprietors, supervisors and includes executives of non-profits …

The Need For Employer Practices Liability Exposure Reduction

Though EPLI insurance continues to become more costly, the need for coverage has risen as well. With an upward trend in employment-related lawsuits and government administrative actions, employers cannot afford to believe they have all their bases covered. According to a recent HRMagazine article, Employer Practices Liability Insurance, though unheard of only ten years ago, has become a vital investment …