Category: Independent Contractor

Uber-D-Duber- Whoa!

Matter of Vega (Postmates Inc.–Commissioner of Labor), 2020 NY Slip Op 02094 (2020) Your Uber driver is an employee. Watershed moment I think. “Here, there is substantial evidence in the record to support the Board’s determination that Postmates exercised control over its couriers sufficient to render them employees rather than independent contractors operating their own […]

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The first application of the new precludable independent contractor rule

W & Z Acupuncture, P.C. v Unitrin Auto & Home Ins. Co., 2012 NY Slip Op 52400(U)(2d Dept. 2012) Insurance carrier sought an EBT of the medical provider based upon the “independent contractor” defense.  Until three months ago, this defense escaped preservation.  Not so anymore.   The Court was therefore constrained to reverse the Civil Court: […]

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The independent contractor “defense” is sufficient to non-suit a plaintiff under CPLR 3211(a)(7)

Health & Endurance Med., P.C. v Travelers Prop. Cas. Ins. Co., 2011 NY Slip Op 51120(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2011) Contrary to plaintiff’s contention, defendant was permitted to move to dismiss on the ground that the complaint fails to state a cause of action notwithstanding defendant’s service of an answer (CPLR 3211 [a] [7]; [e]). […]

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