ERIC Number: EJ1166699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Are Your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors? Three Exercises to Help Students Accurately Classify Workers
Lawlor, Leila G.; Willey, Susan L.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v34 n2 p167-205 Sum 2017
In an undergraduate legal and ethical environment of business classes, the authors teach business students how to apply legal rules and ethical principles to problems that arise in business. Teaching the distinction between independent contractors and employees offers a rich, timely opportunity to improve students' critical thinking and communication skills. In a series of scaffolded assignments, culminating in a written project, students apply the current legal standards to three business scenarios chosen to illustrate the complexity of this classification under Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines issued in July 2015, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, and recent decisions from the U.S. courts of appeals. The three exercises explained in this article can easily be accomplished in two separate in-class sessions of approximately thirty minutes each, plus a short, out-of-class written assignment.
Descriptors: Employees, Employment Level, Part Time Employment, Temporary Employment, Outsourcing, Contracts, Classification, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, Legal Education (Professions), Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Assignments, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Labor Legislation, Ethics, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Vignettes, Business, Decision Making
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Education Level: Higher Education
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