New York State Department of Labor Misclassification of Workers Blog Series
That was the issue in the recent New York Third Department Appellate Division decision In the Matter of TMR Security Consultants Inc., [Commissioner of Labor] Decided December 29, 2016. This is another key case in a new series of decisions beneficial for companies. We have discussed prior DOL decisions in our blog. This is an area that is evolving and the cases are very fact specific. An adverse determination can have significant consequences including a future claim for unpaid overtime pay. If you have any concerns or questions, contact our Award Winning New York Employment Lawyer to understand your rights and options.
On June 9, 2015, the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board found that TMR Security Consultants had misclassified its security officers as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, TMR was responsible for not only making unemployment insurance contributions for the claimant but also for all similarly situated workers; not only can that be expensive, it can also raise other collateral legal issues. TMR appealed that decision to the Appellate Division, which reversed and determined that the workers were independent contractors for multiple reasons (e.g., the Company did not direct or control the workers, the workers could work for competitors, the workers were licensed, etc.). Selections from the Court’s decision are included below: