Congress, Courts Wrestle With Contractor Definition

Law360, New York (September 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Should a worker be an employee or an independent contractor? With government officials and class action lawyers showing increased interest in rooting out companies that misclassify workers as independent contractors, the question is becoming a hot-button issue for employers around the country.

“I think a lot of people have the view that as long as I have this facade up, no one's going to bother me,” said Ari Karen, partner at Venable LLP who focuses on labor and employment issues. “For years that was true. But...
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