Richard Reibstein, a Partner in Locke Lord's Labor and Employment Practice in New York and co-head of the Firm's Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Practice, was quoted by Bloomberg Law on the impact of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final regulation on the classification of workers as independent contractors or employees. Reibstein expressed skepticism of the rule’s legal impact. He noted the regulation provides only an analysis of prior court decisions, but to that extent could be a roadmap for companies defending these type of cases.
Reibstein added: “This hasn’t changed the law. Courts may choose to defer to it or not.”
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