Independent Contractor Classification Challenge

Moss & Barnett represented a financial services company that serves clients through a network of independent brokers.  The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Division had found that a broker who had left the company was an employee and that all similarly situated workers were also employees.  Our attorneys gathered documents and prepared witnesses for a hearing that would determine whether the company‚Äôs operating model was valid.  The appellate division overturned the initial unfavorable determination and found that the individual and those who performed similar services did, in fact, meet the high threshold that our client used for qualifying independent contractor status.