Disputes increase over who’s an employee and who’s an independent contractor

March 23, 2016 By Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Lawyer

When the Uber car pulls up to the curb, passengers may not be too concerned about what classification of worker is behind the wheel, but companies, courts and government agencies increasingly are debating whether the driver is an employee or an independent contractor.

Independent contractors have long been a part of the workforce. However, with the rise of on-demand service providers who run their businesses almost solely with independent contractors doing a variety of tasks from driving to cleaning houses to picking up dinner, closer scrutiny is being paid to what, exactly, these workers are in the new “gig economy.”

“I think (the issue) is front and center because it’s a new business model and because it impacts such a large group of employees within these models,” said Frost Brown Todd LLC attorney Amy Wilson.

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