Conferencia: “Uncertainty in Employee Status Within and Across Federal Law”

El Pro Bono Derecho de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Escuela de Derecho invita a la conferencia Uncertainty in Employee Status Within and Across Federal Law un estudio empírico sobre el tratamiento judicial y administrativo de la distinción empleado/contratista independiente (tomando en cuenta el test multifactorial del common law).

La misma será ofrecida por el profesor Ryan Vacca de New Hampshire School of Law el lunes, 25 de febrero de 2019, a las 2:30pm en el salón L2 de la Escuela de Derecho de la UPR.

Se incluye sinopsis de la presentación al final de esta entrada.

Uncertainty in Employee Status Within and Across Federal Law

The applicability of numerous federal statutes relies on a distinction between employees and independent contractors. Based on a series of Supreme Court decisions from 1968 through 2003, courts and administrative agencies have used the common law’s multifactor right to control test to draw this distinction and have done so without regard to the purpose of the underlying legislation. But the Supreme Court has never said which, if any, of the factors are the most important in the analysis nor has anyone determined if there is consistency across the various federal acts.
This empirical study analyzes the population of cases in several areas of federal law where courts or agencies determined that a hired party was an employee or independent contractor under the common law multifactor right to control test and answers the question of which factors are the most and least important under each act. It also compares the results to determine if there is consistency across legislation in drawing the distinction between employees and independent contractors. Finally, this study analyzes whether the results in each act are consistent with the Supreme Court’s stated purposes of adopting the common law multifactor right to control test and proposes alternative approaches to solving the problem of inconsistency while likewise achieving the goals of the legislation.

Hiram Meléndez Juarbe

Hiram es Catedrático de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico donde enseña derecho constitucional, derechos de autor, derecho a la intimidad y tecnología, derecho de ciberespacio, teoría del derecho y seminarios en derecho constitucional y el ciberespacio. Es fundador de la Clínica de Nuevas Tecnologías, Propiedad Intelectual y Sociedad de la Escuela de Derecho así como co-fundador y co-director legal de Creative Commons Puerto Rico. Hiram es egresado de la Escuela de Derecho de la UPR (JD 2000), de Harvard University (LL.M. 2002) y de New York University (LL.M. 2008, JSD 2013). Visita su página académica www.elplandehiram.org. Algunos derechos reservados.