Gig Economy – When “Independent Contractors” Are Eligible for Employee Benefits

Many people work in the “gig economy.”  They drive for Uber or Lyft; they provide food delivery services for Postmates or Grubhub; they also deliver groceries through Amazon.  Many gig workers have “independent contractor” agreements with these companies which provide them with terms of compensation.  Oftentimes, these agreements do not include overtime pay or benefits.  In fact, not paying overtime and providing benefits is one of the reasons companies have these agreements — they save big bucks by not paying workers what they’re rightfully owed.

Recently, employees have challenged their “independent contractor” status, arguing that
the agreements closely control the employees’ work.  For example, these companies
often dictate to which customers they deliver and when they must work.  Depending on
the level of control, courts have found that many “independent contractors” are really not
independent contractors, but rather that they are employees and must be compensated
accordingly with overtime pay, unemployment benefits, and appropriate breaks.

Shavitz Law Group, P.A. has successfully helped many employees who have challenged
their classification as independent contractors. If you work as a driver, courier, or other
type of independent contractor and you’re curious whether you should be paid overtime
wages and other benefits, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-616-4000. 
We have will provide a free consultation and assess whether you are properly classified.


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3rd Ave, Suite 2800, New York, NY.  Lawyers licensed in states including FL, NY, NJ,
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