Posts Tagged ‘independent contractor’

Oct
2016
14

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
  Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning “gig economy,” Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it’s a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs…
Oct
2016
5

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers’ Way

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers' Way
  A federal judge in New Jersey has given the green light to a class action lawsuit alleging employee misclassification. The lawsuit, brought by eight National Freight Inc. (NFI) delivery truck drivers, accuses the logistics company of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors despite maintaining complete control over the…
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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
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…
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
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…;
Jan
2016
29

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors
  An employee misclassification lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Lyft has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay $12.25 million and make major changes to its policies.  Still, the settlement will not result in Lyft drivers being reclassified as employees as they had wished. Instead, their employment with the company will now…
Dec
2015
22

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed an executive order that directs the state Industrial Commission to establish an investigative unit for claims of employee misclassification. It will direct the unit to coordinate with other state agencies in order to enforce existing laws related to the abuse of independent contractor status. …