Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Jan
2015
27

New Report Makes Negative Impact of Misclassification on TX Economy Crystal Clear(er)

  The Texas Legislature has released a bipartisan report on employee misclassification which argues that “companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal immigration, among other serious problems.”  The report comes after a nearly year-long investigation by the...
Jan
2015
21

Wisconsin Becomes 20th State to Sign DOL’s Employee Misclassification Memorandum

  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced its signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Department, the latest in a string of such deals aimed at preventing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The MOU allows both agencies to better share information and coordinate...
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Jan
2015
20

$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification

$6M Lowe's Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification
  A federal judge in California has approved a settlement between Lowe’s Home Centers and a class of its home improvement contractors who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The maximum settlement amount in Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW is $6,500,000, depending on the number of contractors who file claims.  Lowe’s will...
Jan
2015
16

Employee Misclassification Crackdown Expands Further South with Signing of Florida MOU

  Florida has become the 19th state to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Labor (DOL) aimed at fighting the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The partnership was announced Monday by the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, David Weil. In a statement following the announcement,...
Jan
2015
15

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co’s Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co's Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees
  With technology companies increasingly in the workers’ rights spotlight, Techcrunch writer Vinay Jain took a look at employee misclassification in the “on-demand economy” (ODE) and how the dubious legal status of many companies’ “independent contractors” is problematic for long-term stability.  Companies such as Uber,...
Jan
2015
12

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It’s Cool

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It's Cool
  On Friday, 88 of the 111 port truckers working for Shippers Transport Express voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 848. The vote represents a major victory for the misclassified drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who have been participating in work actions for over a year.  The union [&hellip...
Jan
2015
8

Brutal Tax Loophole, Originally Intended to be Temporary, Costs Gov’t Billions and Promotes Misclassification

Brutal Tax Loophole, Originally Intended to be Temporary, Costs Gov't Billions and Promotes Misclassification
  A report from McClatchy provides details into how a once temporary “safe harbor” rule has stopped the IRS from going after some companies that, for nearly 30 years, have misclassified their employees as independent contractors.  The rule considers ‘tax purposes’ grounds for law-breaking, so long as there is a “reasonable...
Jan
2015
7

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is “Jaw Dropping”

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is
  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s top wage-law enforcer, David Weil, said that “jaw dropping” labor violations demand tougher action.  Weil heads the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for getting companies to abide by basic labor laws.  He touched on employee...
Dec
2014
12

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification
  The Rhode Island Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification has announced the creation of a new telephone tip line so the state’s workers can anonymously report allegations of misclassification.  The task force is made up of six state agencies and works to protect not only the state’s workers, but the...
Dec
2014
8

$380,000 in Back Wages Owed to Misclassified Syracuse Workers, but Many Can’t Be Located

$380,000 in Back Wages Owed to Misclassified Syracuse Workers, but Many Can't Be Located
  Syracuse area contractor General Interior Systems Inc. has been ordered to pay $380,000 to 300 drywall installer who were misclassified as independent contractors.  The case began in 2008 when the Department of Labor looked into allegations that the company had misclassified the workers to avoid paying overtime and benefits.  Last year,...
Nov
2014
28

Misclass Mainstream: CNN Covers the Story of Independent Contractor Abuse at FedEx

Misclass Mainstream: CNN Covers the Story of Independent Contractor Abuse at FedEx
  After leaving his job with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for what he thought would be a lucrative career at FedEx, Reggie Gray eventually found himself bankrupt and in the middle of a legal battle with the company. This lasted the better part of a decade before his story was told by CNN. [&hellip...
Nov
2014
17

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results
  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor, which aims to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agreement will allow the two parties to share information and coordinate law enforcement.  Misclassification hurts both...