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On July 15, 2015, the Administrator for the Department of Labor ("DOL"), issued the "Administrator's Interpretation No. 2015-1" (hereafter "Interpretation") regarding "The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act's 'Suffer or Permit' Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors." The Interpretation provides an overview of the problem of businesses' misclassification of workers as independent contractors1 instead of employees.
Last week's Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Stenman v. Stenman, Docket Number 321203, provides a cautionary tale: You do not always have absolute control over your own property. In Stenman, the court recognized the broad authority of a public utility company, the Detroit Edison Company ("DTE"), to install and maintain meters on their customers' property without tampering from the customer.
I believe it would be beneficial to shed some additional light, not that there isn't enough attention on this case already, as to how we arrived at today's juncture.
In July of 2010, an oil pipeline operated by Enbridge LP and related companies (Enbridge) ruptured, spilling almost 1 million gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. The spill is the largest inland oil release in the history of the United States. Almost 10,000 properties were impacted by this massive oil spill.