Talent Manager On Hook For Musician Unemployment Benefits

Law360, New York (September 27, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT) -- Columbia Artists Management LLC exercised enough control over a group of touring musicians for them to be considered employees for the purposes of paying New York State unemployment insurance, an appellate court ruled Thursday, backing state labor officials against the international talent manager. 

The unanimous ruling of a three-judge panel in the New York's Third Department, a midlevel appellate court based in Albany, came despite evidence that weighed against the finding including, notably, the fact that the musicians in question were designated independent contractors in their...
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