Risk Alert to Employers: New Jersey Takes Aim at Independent Contractor Relationships

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is leading a movement to challenge the Independent Contractor business models prevalent in the New Jersey economy. The “trucking industry” and other exemptions were virtually eliminated last year. The Governor’s Task Force on Employee Misclassification is mulling strategic enforcement initiatives and pending legislation would radically increase employer risk in misclassification cases.


  •  The Federal Picture

  •  State Trends

  •  New Jersey Seeks to Upend Status Quo

  • Effective Repeal Of Trucking Industry Exemption
  • Misclassification Task Force
  • Accounting Profession Initiative
  • Anti-Wage Theft Legislation

  •  How To Protect Yourself In This Changing Environment

About Our Speakers:

James M. Burns

Co-Founder & Partner, Genova Burns

James M. Burns is a Co-Founder of Genova Burns and a Partner in the Newark, NJ office. Mr. Burns is Co-Chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Groups as well as a member of the Transportation, Trucking and Logistics Industry Group. Mr. Burns earned his B.A. from Seton Hall University, magna cum laude and his J.D. from University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to the Bar of New Jersey (1982,) U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (1982,) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2011,) and District of Columbia Court of Appeals (2016.)

John R. Vreeland

Partner, Genova Burns

John R. Vreeland is a Partner in the firm's Newark, NJ office. He is Chair of the Wage and Hour Compliance and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Transportation, Shipping, Trucking & Logistics Practice Group as well as member of the Labor Law Practice Group. Mr. Vreeland earned his B.A. from Rutgers College, cum laude and his J.D. from New York Law School, cum laude. He is admitted to the Bar of New Jersey (1998) and New York (2001.)