Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Jan
2016
29

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors
  An employee misclassification lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Lyft has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay $12.25 million and make major changes to its policies.  Still, the settlement will not result in Lyft drivers being reclassified as employees as they had wished. Instead, their employment with the company will now...
Jan
2016
15

Twice Now: Second Class Action Filed Against Amazon Over Prime Driver Misclassification

Twice Now: Second Class Action Filed Against Amazon Over Prime Driver Misclassification
  A group of workers in Arizona claim that they are being misclassified as independent contractors by Amazon Prime Now, and therefore are also victims of wage theft.  The class action lawsuit filed notes that although the workers were hired through a third party, Courier Logistics Service, they are effectively Amazon employees and should be...
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Jan
2016
7

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don't Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players
  The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of...
Jan
2016
4

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors
  The California Labor Commission has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to pay 37 port drivers a total of nearly $7 million in back wages after they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.  Earlier this month, 38 drivers made claims to the Labor Commission that they had been misclassified. Last week, it was...
Dec
2015
22

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed an executive order that directs the state Industrial Commission to establish an investigative unit for claims of employee misclassification. It will direct the unit to coordinate with other state agencies in order to enforce existing laws related to the abuse of independent contractor status. ...
Nov
2015
3

NLRB: Tucson Cabbies are Employees; Precedent Strengthens for Fighting On-Demand Misclassification

NLRB: Tucson Cabbies are Employees; Precedent Strengthens for Fighting On-Demand Misclassification
  As drivers for “on-demand economy” companies, such as Uber and Lyft, continuously fight their status as independent contractors, another National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling has emerged that may help their cause.  Using the FedEx Home Delivery case as guidance, a regional NLRB director found that over 200 drivers employed...
Nov
2015
3

Week-long Teamsters strike, 27K Signatures Result in Misclassification Resolution at SoCal Ports

Week-long Teamsters strike, 27K Signatures Result in Misclassification Resolution at SoCal Ports
  In the span of one week, the labor actions taken by drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went from 20 people on a picket line to a march on City Hall where drivers delivered 27,000 signatures to Mayor Eric Garcetti. They gained the support of the city council, which [&hellip...
Oct
2015
21

Grand Jury Finds PA Contractor Guilty of $900,000 Misclassification Scam

  In Bethlehem, PA a grand jury found that Salukas & White Contracting Inc. funneled nearly $900,000 to two subcontractors who acted “as ATM machines” in a a scheme to pay workers off the books and defraud the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The grand jury looked into the practices of the company and one of its [&hellip...
Oct
2015
20

News & Observer, Political Figures Lash Out at NC Labor Commish Over Wage Theft, Misclassification

News & Observer, Political Figures Lash Out at NC Labor Commish Over Wage Theft, Misclassification
  The Charlotte News & Observer ran a feature recently titled, “The Reluctant Regulator,” which looked into the office of North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.  If the name sounds familiar, it may be because we have covered her and her office’s unwillingness to help the state’s workers in the past.  In November of...
Oct
2015
9

Seattle Closer to Workaround for Unionizing Uber, Lyft Drivers; Uber Exec Hit With Sexual Harassment Suit

Seattle Closer to Workaround for Unionizing Uber, Lyft Drivers; Uber Exec Hit With Sexual Harassment Suit
  A bill that would allow Uber and Lyft drivers to enter collective bargaining agreements with their employers via non-profit organizations has advanced in the Seattle City Council.  The bill passed on a 7-0 vote, is sponsored by councilmember Mike O’Brien, and is supported by Teamsters Local 117.  It is believed to be the nation’s...
Sep
2015
22

NC Closes in on Misclassification Law; Former Mayor Announces Labor Commish Bid

NC Closes in on Misclassification Law; Former Mayor Announces Labor Commish Bid
  The North Carolina State Senate has passed a version of a House bill that would clamp down on employee misclassification.  The move sets up a showdown that is likely to result in compromise between the two bills.  Among the major sticking points is an exception for newspapers that would allow them to continue to [&hellip...
Sep
2015
16

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement
  A Rhode Island construction company will pay more than $730,000 in back wages and penalties after failing to pay the prevailing wage and misclassifying employees as independent contractors during work on the University of Rhode Island’s new wellness center. The settlement was the first significant action that Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s...