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On-Site with Annette Idalski

April 2016
Energy Executive

In an article published in the Winter/Spring edition of Energy Executive, Annette Idalski discusses the Gate Guard case, in which the Texas Federal District Court found workers for Gate Guard were independent contractors - and not employees - of the firm. According to Annette, the case is a strong precedent because not only did the Texas Federal District Court find that these workers were independent contractors, but the Texas Federal District Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals awarded Gate Guard attorneys’ fees for having to litigate for a long period of time. The article features Idalski’s responses to several questions about the case such as what the difference is between using independent contractors and hiring a workforce for a small business and what the economic benefit is for small business that hire independent contracts instead of employees.