Hey everyone!  I hope you like this picture I took today at the "Reiterstadion" in Hannover, Germany. The yellow building (pictured) is a barn within the Hannover city limits that was built at the turn of the century for the Germany cavalry. Now it’s a boarding and training stable surrounded by indoor and outdoor arenas plus a small cross-country course.

For today we have a guest post by employment law specialist Russell Cawyer, publisher of Texas Employment Law Update.  Enjoy! 

"Owning and operating a horse operation requires a lot labor. Owners use a variety of types of personal services. Improperly classifying these workers as independent contractors instead of employees can have a variety of adverse consequences. Potential liability that can result from misclassification include:

1)  Potential tax exposure from federal and state taxing authorities (i.e., unemployment tax, FICA, FUTA);

2)  Exclusion from certain insurance policies depending on the kind of coverage provided;

3)  Claims that misclassified contractors should be entitled to participate in employer benefit plans covering employees (e.g., stock option plans, health and benefit plans);

4)  Claims that misclassified contractors are entitled to overtime compensation.

Moreover, the likelihood of a misclassification mistake being discovered has increased as state workforce divisions, the U.S. Department of Labor and IRS are now coordinating their resources to catch employers that have misclassified workers. In Part 2 of this post I’ll outline the test that is used by Texas courts in determining whether a workers is an independent contractor or an employee."

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Auf Wiedersehen und bis bald! 

As you are reading this post, I’m probably at DFW airport getting ready to board a 10 hour Lufthansa flight bound for Deutschland. 

That means that–Lord willing and the creek don’t rise–the Equine Law Blog will be broadcasting live from Germany during the weeks of August 22 and August 29!  

While in Germany, I plan on spending some time at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials (i.e. HSBC European Eventing Championships) as well as the Americana Horse Show in Augsburg. 

If any of you dear readers of the Equine Law Blog will be in the Hannover or Augsburg area in the next two weeks, give me a heads up because I would love to get together! 

While we’re on the topic of international horse events, this page from Nedpoint Quarter Horses in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma has some great info on the import/export of horses between Europe and this area of the world.

Have a great Thursday, a great weekend, and I’ll look forward to updating you on interesting equine law topics from the temperate climes [read highs in the mid 70’s] of beautiful Germany.  

 

     Mary King, Luhmühlen 2010, Fence 27a, "boat at the quay"