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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Driver’s ADA Challenge to Sleep Apnea Screening Program

by Benesch on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a driver’s Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) challenge to a carrier’s sleep apnea screening program in Parker v. Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 16-2002. In...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

by Genova Burns LLC on

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

FedEx Succeeds Again On Appeal of an NLRB Ruling on Independent Contractor Misclassification

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In the past 2-1/2 years, FedEx has suffered through some appellate court setbacks in the area of independent contractor misclassification, beginning with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San...more

The Federal Railroad Safety Act — An Employer’s Nonretaliatory Reasons for Discharging an Employee Must Be Considered in Context...

by Lane Powell PC on

The Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) prohibits a rail carrier from retaliating against an employee because the employee engaged in certain activities protected by the statute, including the reporting of a workplace injury....more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

Eighth Circuit Confirms Split in Airline Deregulation Act Pre-emption

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has set up a circuit split for the U.S. Supreme Court in Watson v. Air Methods Corp., 834 F.3d 891 (8th Cir. 2016). In Watson, the Eight Circuit affirmed its precedent...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Groundbreaking Precedent, Reverses FRSA Retaliation Judgment

On October 31, 2016, a $1 million dollar judgment against BNSF Railway Co. evaporated when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit set groundbreaking precedent under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) and...more

Lyft Obtains Dismissal Of FCRA Class Action

by Benesch on

Lyft, the ride-sharing service, recently obtained dismissal of a putative class alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when obtaining background checks on its drivers. See Nokchan v. Lyft, Inc., No....more

Self-Inflicted IC Misclassification Wounds: How Did FedEx Bludgeon Itself Into Pay Nearing $500 Million to Settle Claims That It...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

FedEx’s costs due to IC misclassification are approaching $500 million over the past year as a result of its inability to draft in a valid manner its IC agreement and internal policies governing Ground Division drivers. Last...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

by Littler on

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

August 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This month’s news update includes three initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat IC misclassification. The first was the issuance of a new page on the DOL website called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” We...more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...more

Seventh Circuit to Plaintiffs: Here's Your Burden of Proof

by Littler on

Most employees who file employment discrimination claims hope for one of two things – a really sympathetic jury or an employer that is willing to generously settle the lawsuit to avoid the risks and uncertainties of trial. ...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Finds that Post-Accident Reports Do Not Constitute Subsequent Remedial Measures

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a matter of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals recently decided that a post-incident investigation is not an inadmissible subsequent remedial measure under Indiana Rule of Evidence 407....more

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Rejected by Judge; Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuit to Proceed

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Earlier yesterday, Uber was dealt yet another setback in its efforts to settle the IC misclassification lawsuits brought against it by Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts. As readers of this legal blog will recall...more

Airline Industry Alert: NLRB Rules Aircraft Cleaners Are Not Subject to the Railway Labor Act

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Menzies Aviation (USA), Inc. (Menzies) fell under its jurisdiction. In resolving a recurring dispute as to whether ground operations provided to air...more

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the five independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases reported below from July 2016 illustrate how companies continue to fail to structure, document, and implement a business’s IC relationships in a manner that...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 55 - Disruptors Continue to Create Challenges for the Independent Contractor Business Model

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Disruptors Continue to Create Challenges for the Independent Contractor Business Model - Our increasingly on-demand, technology-driven economy has been a petri dish for disruptive business models that are responsible...more

June 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The poster children of IC misclassification cases dominated the news in June: Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, FedEx, an exotic dance club, and a trucking transport company. It was not a good month for any of them, yet as we have...more

Court Curtails Relief For Age Discrimination Collective Action Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Relief sought in age discrimination litigation is limited to the specific remedies described in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). In a ruling on April 26, 2016, in K.H., et al., v....more

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing...more

What The $100M Uber Settlement Means To All Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the...more

Uber Tries to “Lyft” Itself Out of Two Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits By Settling for Up To $100 Million – But...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Only two weeks after a federal court judge in California rejected a proposed $12.25 million independent contractor misclassification settlement between Lyft and its drivers in California because it “shortchanged” the drivers...more

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