With the Ohio Attorney General’s enforcement eye now focused on the costs of misclassification, it is important for Ohio employers to understand the potential consequences if they are found to have misclassified workers as independent contractors.
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If your business model includes extensive use of independent contractors, you’re going to want to pay attention to the Ninth Circuit’s decision in NLRB v. Friendly Cab Company, Inc., Case No. No. 05-73813 (9th Cir., January 8, 2008). In the latest attack on the independent-contractor business model, the Ninth Circuit upheld an NLRB finding that the taxi drivers who leased cabs from Friendly Cab were not independent contractors but, in fact, were employees. The NLRB reached this conclusion despite the fact that, after making lease payments, the drivers kept all of their fares. Ordinarily, this factor – that the risk of profit or loss falls on the worker — creates a "strong inference" of independent contractor status because the purported employer would have no incentive to control the means and manner of the drivers’ performance. Nevertheless, the court deferred to the NLRB’s conclusion that this inference was rebutted by other evidence that Friendly Cab, in fact, exerted significant control over the drivers and, as a result, found that Friendly Cab was obligated to meet and bargain with the drivers’ union.Continue Reading The Hidden Costs of “Independent Contractors”