The U.S. Department of Labor is once again putting Independent Contractors in their cross hairs. The issue for Labor is whether employers are properly classifying employees to avoid paying overtime and payroll taxes. As I have noted in several blogs, the regulators, both on the state and federal level, are actively pursuing those they feel are violating the law.
Several industry groups including construction, technology, trucking and home health care are targeted, but no industry group or company is exempt from scrutiny.
To protect your organization, a complete review of all your Independent Contractors is needed. The DOL, IRS and the respective states have published, though very complicated, guidelines. My advice, audit your positions now.