Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

May
2015
21

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
May
2015
21

DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties

DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties
  A Puerto Rican firm that supplies security guards to businesses and government agencies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when they failed to pay their workers overtime and misclassified them as independent contractors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  A U.S. District Court slapped Alpha Guards Management Inc....
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May
2015
14

Mass. Study Reveals Misclassification “Epidemic” Despite Crackdown; ABC Opposes Important New Bills

  New research from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst claims that wage theft “has reached epidemic levels” in the Bay State.  The paper, The Epidemic of Wage Theft in Residential Construction in Massachusetts, concludes that wage theft in the construction industry has grown exponentially since the great recession and particularly...
May
2015
7

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers' Compensation Insurance
  An Uber X driver who had his face slashed in an unprovoked attack by a passenger has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court seeking workers’ compensation insurance coverage from Uber Technologies.  The lawsuit also seeks damages and penalties against Uber as well as class action status.   56-year-old Adbo Ghazi is a...
Apr
2015
28

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers
Nearly 500 truck drivers at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach went on strike yesterday, protesting their status as independent contractors and demanding better wages.  The decision to strike came after a weekend vote organized by the Teamsters union on behalf of the drivers. The misclassified truckers are taking action against four drayage...
Apr
2015
28

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don’t: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don't: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered
After a five-year investigation of the illegal business practices of 16 defendants in Utah and Arizona, more than 1,000 construction workers will receive over $600,000 in back pay.  In their announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor said that consent judgements from the defendants, operating collectively as CSG Workforce Partners, Universal...
Mar
2015
27

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified
  Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against reconsidering its September decision that a group of Connecticut drivers were employees of FedEx Home Delivery and thus subject to the rules of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). FedEx argued that they were independent contractors.  The original ruling created a...
Mar
2015
16

U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases

U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases
  Last week, federal judges heard class action lawsuits against Lyft and Uber that were brought forward by drivers who claim they are being misclassified as independent contractors.  The cases were heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  In both cases, the companies filed motions seeking summary judgement...
Mar
2015
11

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification
  In North Carolina, Wake County Republican Gary Pendleton is introducing a bill that would force heating and plumbing companies to properly classify their employees.  Pendleton’s bill would define misclassification and submit companies that misclassify to fines of $1,000 per affected worker and possible loss of license.  The move comes...
Mar
2015
10

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers’ Compensation System

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers' Compensation System
  A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, places partial blame for the growing problem of income inequality on a faulty workers’ compensation system.  According to the Department of Labor (DOL), roughly 4 million serious...
Mar
2015
5

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony
  A bill has passed through the Georgia House Labor and Industry subcommittee which aims to combat employee misclassification by strengthening two existing practices and writing them into law.  HB 500, introduced by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra, directs Georgia’s Department of Labor to create a website for workers to report instances of...
Feb
2015
12

The Rigged Apple: Task Force Finds 133,000 New York Workers Were Misclassified in 2014

The Rigged Apple: Task Force Finds 133,000 New York Workers Were Misclassified in 2014
  In its...