Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers...
Oct
2016
20

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops: “Workers Standing Up to this Corporate Bully”

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops:
  The Teamsters scored a couple victories in their ongoing battle to organize XPO Logistics. In a 72-49 vote last week, XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, Connecticut, became the first of the company’s warehouse workers to unionize in the United States: “This is all about us workers standing up to this corporate bully and...
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Oct
2016
14

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
  Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning “gig economy,” Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it’s a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs...
Oct
2016
7

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize
  Uber and Lyft drivers recently held a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) office in Long Island City, Queens. More than 14,000 rideshare drivers have petitioned in favor of unionization. The drivers are frustrated about shrinking pay, increasingly strict driver policies, and soaring commissions charges. Their attempts...
Oct
2016
5

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers’ Way

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers' Way
  A federal judge in New Jersey has given the green light to a class action lawsuit alleging employee misclassification. The lawsuit, brought by eight National Freight Inc. (NFI) delivery truck drivers, accuses the logistics company of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors despite maintaining complete control over the...
Sep
2016
29

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later
  What do you do when an out-of-state contractor admits to defrauding workers on a county project? If you’re West Virginia, you hire them again! A Florida contractor who confessed to the aforementioned Braxton County crime just won a million-dollar state contract in Charleston, WV. All this even though the company pled guilty to fraud...
Sep
2016
23

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project
  A Texas contractor is being fined $767,095 for misclassifying 65 construction employees as independent contractors. The construction workers were hired on a $25 million hotel renovation project in Waikiki, Hawaii. By misclassifying their employees, R&R Construction Services was able to avoid offering numerous benefits. That is, until...
Aug
2016
8

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers
  The Department of Labor has landed a $2.4 million settlement with Massachusetts construction firms Force Corp. and AB Construction Group Inc. The case involved the misclassification of a whopping 478 workers and the denial of overtime pay and other benefits. DOL pursued the companies for compensating their employees with a combination of...
Jul
2016
20

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification
  Three union organizers were ticketed by police last month for leafletting in the city of Port Wentworth, Georgia. Ben Speight and two of his fellow Teamsters brothers stood outside the gates of XPO Logistics — a recent foe of the union — in orange blaze safety vests. They were handing out flyers to truckers exiting the...
Jun
2016
24

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States
  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. But they finally settled. Late last week the company announced a $240 million payout spanning 20 states. The cash will be divided between more than 12,000 ground division drivers. According to the lead lawyer for the...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jun
2016
14

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year
  An investigative report has found that the state of Colorado loses $23 million each year because of employee misclassification as employers skirt their responsibility to pay unemployment insurance premiums.  The report comes from Rocky Mountain PBS’ INewsNetwork and is the first part of a multi-part series. The data comes from the...