Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Aug
2014
28

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants
  An interesting piece from South Coast Today writer Simon Rios delves into the union/non-union divide that exists in Massachusetts’ masonry industry.  In the article, Jim Pimental, Vice President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3, discusses the ways unions keep non-union contractors in check when it comes to...
Aug
2014
18

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud
  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections.  Executive Order 24 directs...
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Aug
2014
13

REPORT: Misclassification Resulting in Staggering Tax Revenue Loss, Unfunded Unemployment Insurance

  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has released new numbers showing that the state’s employers have nearly 20,000 workers misclassified as independent contractors, which cost the state $250 million in wages and contributions to social programs in 2013.  Illinois taxpayers ultimately cover the costs of misclassification...
Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse...
Aug
2014
1

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit
  After concluding a funding round in which the company raised $50 million, web-based real estate brokerage firm Redfin will likely use much of the money to pay back wages to workers it has misclassified. So much for expanding operations.   A case currently before the Alameda County Superior Court claims that the company has [&hellip...
Jul
2014
24

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
Jul
2014
17

Virginia Is for Compliers: State Can Now More Easily Pursue Misclassification, Subcontracting Violators

  Virginia’s penalties for misclassifying workers in order to avoid paying insurance costs got a boost this month thanks to a new law.  The Virginia Workers Compensation Act made it easier for the state to take action against violators, according to Virginia Workplace Law: The civil penalty is now up to $250 per day for [&hellip...
Jul
2014
17

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They’ve Long Desired

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They've Long Desired
  Two cases currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will determine what it officially means to be an employer, and the ramifications for management in industries ranging from fast food to waste collection could be serious.   Given the complicated nature of modern American labor the two decisions seek to determine who...
Jul
2014
15

Massive Backpay Settlement for Pair of New York Insulators Who Worked School Projects

  New York based National Insulation will have to cough up $435,000 to two employees who performed work contracted through the Department of Education after several wage and hour fines were discovered. Francisco Ayala and Angel Ribadeneira performed insulation work on various projects in New York City schools between December of 2006 and...
Jul
2014
9

Uber Hit With Misclassification Lawsuit in MA, Rallying Cry for Driver Protections Amplifies

Uber Hit With Misclassification Lawsuit in MA, Rallying Cry for Driver Protections Amplifies
  Uber Technologies Inc., the wildly popular new alternative taxi service, will be facing a lawsuit in Massachusetts where some of it’s “partners” (the term the company uses to describe its drivers) believe they are being misclassified as independent contractors.  The San Francisco-based company, which claims to generate “20,000 new...
Jul
2014
7

Port Truckers in CA Strike “Indefinitely” Over Misclassification, Right to Unionize

Port Truckers in CA Strike
  MSNBC reports that California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations.  Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.  ...
Jul
2014
3

Workers Win Pair of Misclassification Lawsuits at Big California Newspapers

  The former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune will pay $5 million to over 1,200 carriers who worked at the company between 2005 and 2007 after a state judge ruled they had been misclassified as independent contractors.  The workers are eligible to be reimbursed for expenses they had previously been on the hook for, [&hellip...