Archive for the ‘MISCLASSIFICATION’ Category

Aug
2016
8

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers
  The Department of Labor has landed a $2.4 million settlement with Massachusetts construction firms Force Corp. and AB Construction Group Inc. The case involved the misclassification of a whopping 478 workers and the denial of overtime pay and other benefits. DOL pursued the companies for compensating their employees with a combination of...
Jul
2016
20

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification
  Three union organizers were ticketed by police last month for leafletting in the city of Port Wentworth, Georgia. Ben Speight and two of his fellow Teamsters brothers stood outside the gates of XPO Logistics — a recent foe of the union — in orange blaze safety vests. They were handing out flyers to truckers exiting the...
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Jun
2016
24

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States
  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. But they finally settled. Late last week the company announced a $240 million payout spanning 20 states. The cash will be divided between more than 12,000 ground division drivers. According to the lead lawyer for the...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jun
2016
14

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year
  An investigative report has found that the state of Colorado loses $23 million each year because of employee misclassification as employers skirt their responsibility to pay unemployment insurance premiums.  The report comes from Rocky Mountain PBS’ INewsNetwork and is the first part of a multi-part series. The data comes from the...
Jun
2016
9

Teamsters’ Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National

Teamsters' Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National
  Members of the Teamsters union, in their constant battle to end truck driver misclassification, are taking part in a national leafletting action at XPO/Con-Way terminals.  The action coincides with recent strikes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and in San Diego, where misclassification is rampant.  Earlier this month, the Teamsters...
May
2016
24

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits
  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a lengthy speech about the so-called “gig economy.” She called on Congress to modernize labor protections and for misclassified workers to receive a system of “portable benefits.”  While the speech may not have put companies such as Uber and Lyft in...
May
2016
17

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co’s Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co's Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows
  The Office of California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced an amnesty program for drayage trucking companies that misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.  The program extends through the end of 2016 and allows companies to avoid liability if they reclassify their drivers as employees.   Known as the Motor Carrier...
May
2016
11

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill
  Voters in Austin rejected an Uber-supported ballot initiative that would have allowed ride-sharing companies to self-regulate their drivers.  The initiative only managed 44% of the vote. Following the loss, Uber announced that it will end operations in Austin rather than abide by a city council ordinance which would have mandated...
Apr
2016
25

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle
  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California drivers receiving $100 million.  Though the monetary compensation will apply only to drivers in those two states, it will also spur major policy changes that will apply to Uber drivers nationwide.  The settlement must still be approved by a judge. On...
Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could...
Apr
2016
11

Misclassification and the “1099 Economy” Create Angry Voters, Shift Social Safety Net Burden

Misclassification and the
  With Tax Day rapidly approaching, the time is now to confront the harsh drawbacks of the “on-demand economy,” or as David Dayen labels it in The New Republic, “the 1099 economy.” Dayen describes how financial uncertainties have created a wave of angry voters and how none of the presidential candidates are focused on...