Posts Tagged ‘independent contractors’

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...
Feb
2016
1

J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages

J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages
  The New York Jets have become the fourth professional football team to settle a wage theft lawsuit brought forward by their dancers, joining the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 52 members of the Jets Flight Crew, who worked between 2011 and 2013, will receive a total of $325,000 to correct minimum [&hellip...
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Jan
2016
7

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don't Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players
  The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of...
Jan
2016
4

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors
  The California Labor Commission has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to pay 37 port drivers a total of nearly $7 million in back wages after they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.  Earlier this month, 38 drivers made claims to the Labor Commission that they had been misclassified. Last week, it was...
Sep
2015
17

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing
  Prior to the San Diego Chargers season opener, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez called on the team to begin paying its cheerleaders at least the minimum wage for the upcoming season.  Gonzalez, a long-time friend of labor and building trades union supporter, previously wrote a bill requiring professional sports teams to pay...
Jul
2015
22

On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors

On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors
  The on-demand economy is at a crossroads as employee misclassification lawsuits are beginning to chip away at the viability of a business model often built on hiring independent contractors.  Homejoy, a three-year-old home cleaning startup which had raised $40 million, recently announced that it would shut down at the end of the month....
Jul
2015
22

Teamsters Back CA Bill to Grant Amnesty to Drayage Co.’s Who Reclassify Drivers by 2017

Teamsters Back CA Bill to Grant Amnesty to Drayage Co.'s Who Reclassify Drivers by 2017
  In California, Assemblymember Roger Hernandez has introduced a bill which will provide drayage companies a limited period of amnesty to reclassify their drivers as employees. This would be contingent upon a settlement with the state on behalf of the drivers in question.  The bill, AB 621, is currently before the state Senate appropriations...
Jun
2015
23

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation
  As we have written many times in the past, politicians on the right side of the ideological aisle are taking an increasing interest in preventing employee misclassification. Despite their motives differing from the pro-labor Democrats’ who originally spearheaded raised awareness of this issue, the signs of bipartisan agreement are...
Jun
2015
16

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
  FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors.  The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers. Last August, a federal appeals court ruled that the workers were employees and therefore...
May
2015
27

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH
  Ohio Governor John Kasich last week rescinded the rights of in-home health care workers to collectively bargain, reversing the course set by his predecessor, Ted Strickland, in 2007.  Kasich used executive authority in issuing an EO that turned the employees into independent contractors, arguing that Obamacare made Strickland’s moves...
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...
Sep
2014
2

Fedex’s Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

Fedex's Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court
  In California last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of 2,300 FedEx drivers who were illegally misclassified as independent contractors.  The class action lawsuit covers drivers who worked in California between 2000 and 2007.   While no monetary penalty or settlement has been announced, the ruling could potentially leave...