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Case Update: Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., 917 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2019)

By |2019-04-11T11:09:30-05:00April 11, 2019|

The preference to hire independent contractors instead of employees has become more common in many industries, as the line that divides employees and independent contractors has continued to blur.  In a suit brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Fifth Circuit recently provided guidance on the distinction between “employee” and “independent contractor” by underscoring the importance of the workers’ economic independence.

U.S. Fifth Circuit Allows OSHA To Cite Contractors Solely For Putting Other Companies’ Employees At Risk

By |2019-01-22T13:34:51-05:00January 22, 2019|

In a milestone decision overturning more than thirty-seven years of precedent, the federal Fifth Circuit, in Acosta v. Hansel Phelps Construction Company, 909, F.3d 723 (5th Cir. 2018),  has ruled that OSHA is authorized to cite construction contractors for site hazards that place only other companies’ employees, including workers employed by its subcontractors, at risk.