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Time to Revisit Your Relationship with Your Independent Contractors Before the Government Does!

New Jersey regulators have signaled their intention to place independent contractor (“IC”) relationships under a magnifying glass this year.  Governor Murphy recently signed an executive order establishing a Task Force on Employee Misclassification, through which representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Economic Development, Human Services, Transportation, Treasury, and the Attorney General’s Office have been collaborating with the Department of Labor to investigate IC classification issues across the State.  New Jersey also entered into a cooperation agreement last week with the U.S. Department of Labor in order to secure federal resources to assist in its efforts.

The time has come for New Jersey businesses to evaluate their compliance with state law governing independent contractor relationships.  IC relationships are fraught with traps for the unwary.  Most business do not appreciate the practices and documentation needed to establish legally compliant IC relationships.  There are easy to implement, cost effective steps that business can take to avoid undesirable outcomes when regulators come knocking.

OlenderFeldman has a new HR auditing program known as HIRES which proactively troubleshoots IC issues and quickly resolves them for the benefit of your business.  For additional information, please contact Lauren Paxton in our Employment Practices Group at or 908-964-2453.

Lauren also works with Employment Practices Partner Howard Matalon, who specializes in employment law at the Firm.  Howard is available to discuss concerns about IC issues or other employment matters.  Please contact him at:  908-964-2424 or