Posts Tagged ‘employee misclassification’

Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers...
Oct
2016
20

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops: “Workers Standing Up to this Corporate Bully”

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops:
  The Teamsters scored a couple victories in their ongoing battle to organize XPO Logistics. In a 72-49 vote last week, XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, Connecticut, became the first of the company’s warehouse workers to unionize in the United States: “This is all about us workers standing up to this corporate bully and...
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Sep
2016
23

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project
  A Texas contractor is being fined $767,095 for misclassifying 65 construction employees as independent contractors. The construction workers were hired on a $25 million hotel renovation project in Waikiki, Hawaii. By misclassifying their employees, R&R Construction Services was able to avoid offering numerous benefits. That is, until...
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...
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...
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...
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

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  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...
Feb
2016
24

Canadian Couple Lands $125,000 Reward in Precedent-Setting Misclassification Case

Canadian Couple Lands $125,000 Reward in Precedent-Setting Misclassification Case
  A married Canadian couple who worked for Canac Kitchens were let go without notice or severance in 2009 after 30 years at the company.  This was permissible because since 1987 they had been classified as independent contractors.   But legal vindication was pursued, and now a new precedent has been set in Ontario. The [&hellip...
Feb
2016
9

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport
  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a formal request to represent more than 600 Uber drivers who pick up passengers from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The union submitted a required petition showing that over 30 percent of the drivers wished to be represented by the IBEW and...