According to ANCOR, INARF's national partner, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced on April 4 a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of Oregon that is intended to protect employees' rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. This MOU is part of DOL's initiative to combat misclassification. To date, 28 other states have entered into similar agreements with DOL and the IRS to ensure that employees are properly classified.
As INARF reported earlier this year, DOL has issued new guidance on independent contractor classification. Providers that use independent contractors should consult an employment law attorney in their state to ensure they are incompliance with all applicable federal and state laws.
Steve Lyman, an attorney and founding member from Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, presented information about this topic at the Human Resources Professional Interest Section session at INARF’s February 18 Quarterly Professional Interest Section Meeting. Members can access his presentation and handout here.