NLRB Brings Back Independent Contractor Test

By Patrick Scully In a case handled by Sherman & Howard’s Labor and Employment Department, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) returned to its traditional independent contractor test, reversing the Obama Board’s 2014 decision in FedEx Home Delivery, 361 NLRB 610, and finding the Dallas/Ft. Worth SuperShuttle franchisees to be independent contractors.  The Board explained […]

When Trying to Be “Kind” Backfires

By Lindsay Hesketh A federal District Court in Michigan recently found that a plaintiff had presented enough direct evidence of age discrimination to merit a trial. The plaintiff worked as a member of defendants’ kitchen staff for about two months. The day after his termination, plaintiff met with the company’s owner to discuss the situation […]


By John Alan Doran Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a large national trucking company in its attempt to enforce an arbitration agreement against one of its independent contractor truck-drivers. New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340 (U.S. January 15, 2019). The lawsuit alleged that New Prime contractors were actually employees, but were not paid minimum […]

Happy New Year! Joint Employer Test Gets Muddier

By Patrick Scully On December 28, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision partially granting enforcement to the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (316 NLRB No. 186 (2015), “BFI”) which radically altered the test for when separate companies can be declared “joint employers” […]