Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

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 Insurance and Labor Committee 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
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Feb
2015
11

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract
  One month after becoming properly classified as employees by their company, Shippers Transport Express (STE) truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified their first contract.  Three days of collective bargaining led to a contract over the weekend. The one-year contract will cover all full- and part-time STE...
Feb
2015
4

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters
  After a two-year legal battle, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that seven Port of Los Angeles truckers are in fact employees, not independent contractors, and are owed more than $2 million in damages.  The affected drivers were part of five strikes against their companies.  The legal victory is a major win for [&hellip...
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...
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...