Independent Contractor Classification

A Note explaining the independent contractor classification, including the benefits of the classification and the penalties for misclassification. This note addresses federal law. For information on state law requirements, see the State Q&A Tools under Related Content.

This resource is being updated to reflect the DOL's Administrator Interpretation 2015-1, The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act's "Suffer or Permit" Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors, issued July 15, 2015. 

Gabrielle Wirth, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, with Practical Law Labor & Employment


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