This last Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Attorney David W. Smith spoke to members of the
Florida Messenger Association (FMA) about laws and guidelines for transportation and delivery companies
working with independent contractors. The FMA is a growing organization
for companies in the messenger, courier, and ‘last mile’ delivery
industry. The association is designed to help business conditions in the
Florida area by sharing new industry trends, products, and services to
help associated companies continue to develop and flourish.
At the FMA event,
Lunch and Learn, David W. Smith served as the keynote speaker. Mr. Smith delivered a guided
talk titled “Emerging Issues in the Independent Contractor Model,”
where he addressed the following topics:
- The IRS’s formerly used “Twenty Factor” test
- New IRS tests, including Behavioral Control, Financial Control, and Type
- IRS Safe Harbor for independent contractors, both existing and new
- Removal of Department of Labor 2015 and 2016 guidelines
- Possible results from changing Department of Labor guidelines
- General and specific statutory tests at the state level
- How certain tests have been applied in case law
During his presentation, David Smith discussed the recently proposed house
bill, which is aimed at delivery companies. He also shared information
about new trends in the Transportation Network Company litigation, which
includes companies like Uber and Lyft.
Attorney Smith then provided “5 Golden Rules to Avoid Independent
Contractor Trouble,” where he advised members of the FMA on the
following key points:
1. Never give the IRS any reason to look more closely.
2. Never restrict trade.
3. Limit policies, procedures, and rules as much as possible.
4. Treat your drivers well and fairly.
5. Use a great, up-to-date independent contractor agreement.
To learn more about Attorney David W. Smith’s discussion at the FMA
Lunch and Learn, or to request a consultation, contact Roberts & Associates.