The Third Department determined a nurse who worked for Summit Health, which screens employees of corporate clients, was an employee entitled to unemployment insurance benefits:
Summit posted openings for medical examiners on its website, interviewed applicants and screened their education, license credentials and experience to ensure their qualifications and ability to perform the required medical services. Summit scheduled the clinics with its clients, who determined what services were needed; Summit then posted the clinic dates, enabling examiners to sign up to work based upon their availability, and they were paid a set hourly rate. Summit provided all of the equipment and supplies for the clinics and reimbursed the examiners for certain travel and other expenses. If examiners could not work as scheduled, they reported to Summit, which looked for a replacement. Summit solicited claimant to work for it after reviewing her credentials posted on a job website. Claimant worked as a health examiner and a registrar as well as a lead examiner responsible for oversight of the clinic, bringing and returning supplies and equipment provided by Summit, submitting patient consent forms to Summit, resolving problems and reporting back to Summit after the clinic was completed. Examiners were required to sign contracts designating them as independent contractors, which obligated them to comply with industry best practices and provided training available for that purpose; they were required to wear a Summit identification badge and to abide by a dress code at clinics, among other provisions.
Given the foregoing, we find that there was substantial evidence to support the Board's determination that Summit retained sufficient overall control over the work performed by claimant to establish that she was an employee of Summit … . Matter of Armbruster (Summit Health, Inc. — Commissioner of Labor), 2016 NY Slip Op 03231, 3rd Dept 4-28-16