Tennessee

Tennessee Court of Appeals Cleans Up Questions on Dog Groomers’ Employment Status 

dog groomer

  From JDSupra, Joshua Sudbury reports on a Tennessee case in which dog groomers were found to be employees under the ABC test.  Joshua writes: The case involved a business in Knoxville, Tennessee, which, according to its owner’s testimony, was “in the business of grooming dogs.” In addition to canine cleaning, the company trained students to…

Some contractors avoid workers’ comp to win low construction bid

men working at construction site

  From WSFV.com in Nashville, Demetria Kalodimos reports on contractors on construction projects that fail to withhold taxes or pay for workers comp insurance by classifying workers as independent contractors.  Demetria reports:   The Channel 4 I-Team has found the same thing uncovered nearly five years ago at the Music City Center is now happening right…

Newspaper carrier is independent contractor

From Lexology — “Owen v. Tennessee Valley Printing Company, Inc., No. 2130139 (Ala. Civ. App. 2014) (holding that newspaper deliverer was independent contractor and not agent of newspaper company). Tennessee Valley Printing Company, Inc., d/b/a The Decatur Daily (“TVPC”) utilizes independent contractors to deliver newspapers for The Decatur Daily. Carolyn Johnson (“Johnson”) entered into a contract with TVPC…

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Expands Efforts to Uncover Employer Fraud

From  Clarksville, TN Online — “The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the…

States Clamping Down on Workers Mislabeled as Contractors

From Bloomberg – “When construction slowed during the recession, some companies hired workers and wrongly designated them as independent contractors to avoid paying insurance, taxes, fair wages and overtime. Danny Odom, chief operating officer of Odom Construction Systems, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee, says he wouldn’t even though the decision put the company of about 225 employees at…

Tenn. Labor Department Expands Efforts To Uncover Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors

From the Chattanoogan.com — “The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.” These…

Tennessee Targets Workers’ Comp Fraud in Construction Industry

From the Insurance Journal — “The Tennessee Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry. The efforts, aided by recent legislation,  will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, and who are failing to report all wages paid.” Read…