ZipRealty not pulling out of Pennsylvania, Florida

Move to convert agents to contractor status generating erroneous reports

ZipRealty’s move to convert agents in 19 states from employees to independent contractor status is generating erroneous reports that the company is pulling out of some of those states.

As ZipRealty files required notifications with state labor departments that it’s laying off agents — many of whom will remain with the company as independent contractors — newspapers are misinterpreting the filings, the company said. — the website of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News — this week published and then retracted a story that ZipRealty would "likely close its operations in Pennsylvania," after filing notice with the state Department of Labor that it planned to lay off 92 employees at its Bala Cynwyd office on Jan. 31. The story remained cached in Google servers today.