Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Rules

Colorado landscaper penalized for violating H-2B workers’ rights

By Alexandra Zabinski

Many green industry companies rely on H-2B visas to hire seasonal workers from outside the U.S. H-2B workers are  covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the H-2B program imposes additional requirements on employers, such as providing records, paying certain expenses, and posting legal notices about worker rights. As one Colorado landscaper recently…

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New Minneapolis minimum wage law now in effect

By Bryan Zlimen

If your employees work in the City of Minneapolis, even infrequently, you may need to comply with the City’s new minimum-wage ordinance. Effective January 1st, 2018, the ordinance will incrementally raise the minimum wage until it reaches $15. Does my business have to comply? Yes, if your employees work in Minneapolis for at least 2…

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Statewide minimum wage increase

By Bryan Zlimen

Minnesota employers take note: Minimum wage will increase statewide as of January 1, 2018. There are two rates: a large-business rate and a small-business rate. If your annual gross revenue (not net revenue) is $500,000 or more, you’ll need to pay the large-business rate of $9.65/hr. If your annual gross revenue is lower, you’ll need…

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Rules

By Patrick McGuiness

Many businesses try to hire “independent contractors” by issuing IRS Form 1099 and signing independent-contractor agreements. Unfortunately, these steps don’t guarantee that workers are legitimate subcontractors or independent contractors. Instead, federal and state guidelines generally focus on the worker’s job duties in order to determine the appropriate classification. Each state can create additional rules and…

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