Employee misclassification is a pressing workplace issue in Connecticut and New York. At Mitchell & Sheahan, we provide trustworthy advice and guidance to employers, working to ensure compliance with labor laws and protect their interests.

Our legal team helps employers navigate the complexities of classification to ensure compliance with labor laws. Above all, we aim to foster fair and legally sound employment practices. Contact us today to consult with an experienced employment attorney.

Understanding Employee Misclassification

Misclassifying employees can lead to serious legal and financial consequences, making it crucial for employers to differentiate between various types of worker classifications accurately.

  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor Misclassification: The distinction between an employee and an independent contractor is pivotal for adhering to legal and tax requirements. Unlike independent contractors, employees are entitled to certain benefits and protections, such as minimum wage and overtime pay. This classification depends on the level of control over the work, the permanency of the relationship, and the independence in performing tasks.
  • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employee Misclassification: Correctly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt is vital for obeying wage and hour laws. Non-exempt employees must receive overtime pay as mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act, whereas exempt employees, typically in professional or managerial roles, are not eligible. This classification is based on salary levels and specific job duties, making it a complex yet essential task for legal compliance and equitable employee treatment.

Common Misclassification Issues

Misclassification issues represent some of the most frequent disputes in the workplace, often stemming from misunderstandings or misapplications of labor laws. These issues typically include:

  • Incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors to avoid providing benefits and protections.
  • Misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt to avoid paying overtime.

How Mitchell & Sheahan Can Assist

At Mitchell & Sheahan, we regularly guide employers through the complexities of misclassification issues. Our capabilities lie in identifying potential areas of non-compliance, providing practical solutions to avoid costly legal disputes, and maintaining fair workplace practices.

For employers, we offer thorough audits of classification practices, ensuring all operations align with current laws. This proactive approach minimizes the risk of litigation and helps maintain a fair and compliant workplace environment.

Talk to Our Experienced Employment Misclassification Litigation Attorneys Today

Understanding and addressing misclassification issues is challenging. That’s where Mitchell & Sheahan comes in. If your business is facing a misclassification dispute, contact us today for effective representation and dependable service.

Mitchell & Sheahan, based in Stratford, CT, serves clients in Stratford, Fairfield County, New Haven County, Greenwich, Danbury, White Plains, and NY.