Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Apr
2014
15

Bipartisan Interest In Ending Construction Worker Misclassification Drives Continued Reform in Texas

  A misclassification hearing has been set in the Texas House of Representatives to gather testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year.  On April 24th, the House Business and Industry Committee will convene at the state capitol to inquire about what more can be done ...
Mar
2014
24

California “Independent Contractor” Ruling Could Be Game-Changer for Trucking Industry

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  Port truck drivers in Long Beach and Los Angeles scored a major victory on Friday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important employee misclassification decision which set a precedent that could reshape the industry.  The victory is another step in the right direction for truckers labeled “independent...
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Mar
2014
17

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law
  The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s Employee Classification Act (ECA). ECA designates most individuals who perform construction-related services as ‘employees’ even if their employer labels them independent contractors.  The Illinois ECA is arguably the most strict (read: best!)...
Mar
2014
11

MO’ ATTACKS: Several Bills to Weaken Wage and Benefit Protections are Back Again in Missouri

  Members of the Missouri House are attempting to pass three anti-worker laws, upping their anti-union ante ahead of the November elections. “Right-to-Work,” limits to the prevailing wage, and skewing workers compensation laws to favor businesses are on the docket. Progress Missouri reports that the wording of HB77, the...
Mar
2014
7

DOL, Sec. of Labor Happy with President’s 2015 Budget; Funding for Misclassification Prevention Highlighted

DOL, Sec. of Labor Happy with President's 2015 Budget; Funding for Misclassification Prevention Highlighted
  The newly released 2015 fiscal year budget will include increased funding to continue President Obama’s efforts to reign in misclassification.  One highlight of the budget, as it pertains to the Department of Labor, is funding aimed at “increasing support for agencies that protect workers’ wages and overtime pay, benefits,...
Mar
2014
7

NY in 2013: 127K Misclassified Workers, $62M in Back Wages, $55M in Missing Unemployment Contributions

  In 2013, the state Department of Labor conducted 13,000 audits and investigations finding 127,000 workers had been misclassified.  The report found that their employers collectively owed over $55 million to unemployment contributions.  Misclassified workers were owed $62 million in back wages.   The 12 industries with the highest...
Feb
2014
26

REPORT: U.S. Ranks 41st of 43 Developed Nations in Temp Worker Protections

REPORT: U.S. Ranks 41st of 43 Developed Nations in Temp Worker Protections
  According to data compiled by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States has some of the weakest labor protections for temporary workers in the developed world.  This growing portion of the American workforce does not enjoy the same protections as workers hired directly by the company they work for,...
Feb
2014
24

Worse Than We Thought: Trucker Misclassification Costs the U.S. $1.4B Annually, Report Says

  According to a new report, misclassification of port truckers costs the nation $1.4 billion annually.  ...
Feb
2014
20

Illinois Contractor to Pay $400,000 in Back Wages Following Misclassification, Overtime Violations

Illinois Contractor to Pay $400,000 in Back Wages Following Misclassification, Overtime Violations
  Following an investigation by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, an Illinois contractor has been ordered to pay nearly $400,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 96 workers.  Norwood Commercial Contractors Inc. of Bensenville misclassified 16 workers as independent contractors while failing to properly compensate 80...
Jan
2014
29

GOP Frontrunner in IL Gov Race Has History of Employee Misclassification

GOP Frontrunner in IL Gov Race Has History of Employee Misclassification
  The news is getting worse and worse for Illinois GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner.  After a report was released linking his firm GTCR to nursing home deaths and elderly abuse, the press caught wind that another company with Rauner ties, Cardinal Logistics, was sued for failing to pay hundreds of workers a total of ...
Jan
2014
16

New Texas Misclassification Law In Effect, Won’t Cover Residential, Commercial Construction

  On January 1st, Texas’ HB 2015 went into effect placing harsher penalties on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors on public works projects.  Despite representing an uptick in crackdown, some say the bill does not go far enough, doing little to even the playing field in residential and commercial...
Jan
2014
15

Teamsters Applaud NY Law Stiffening Penalties for Employers Who Misclassify Workers

Teamsters Applaud NY Law Stiffening Penalties for Employers Who Misclassify Workers
  Hoping to change the culture of employee misclassification in the trucking industry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act into law.  The law places stricter regulations on who can be classified as an “independent contractor” in the transportation industry.  It will...