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Hot Topics: Worker Classification Issues

Worker classification issues are popping up in the news a lot again. This is because the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a more aggressive view on joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations...more

The U.S. Department of Labor Strikes Again – Worker Misclassification is (Still) a Hot Topic

Continuing the trend of exposing companies who have misclassified workers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has persuaded its latest target, Halliburton Co., to pay $18.3 million to compensate employees for unpaid overtime....more

DOL Gets Reined In - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency pushed too far in worker misclassification case

As most employers know, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), along with many other federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has focused on pursuing employers for misclassifying...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: Who is Best Suited to Provide a Meaningful Diagnosis Regarding Your Workers?

We previously wrote about the federal Department of Labor’s perspective on classifying employees and independent contractors here. However, many California employers are subject to the snare of multiple frameworks, all at the...more

Combating Employee Misclassification under the FLSA

Correctly classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor is critical. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been occurring in an increasing number of workplaces, and the Department of...more

Five Evolving Issues Confronting Employers in the Hospitality Industry

As the hospitality industry continues to grow and expand, one common goal is to provide all-inclusive experiences for visitors and patrons. Unfortunately, given the breadth of the goods and services offered to the public and...more

DOL to Pay $1.5 Million to Employer for Bad Faith Investigation

In an interesting turn of events and what I’m sure will be gratifying for some employers, the Department of Labor has agreed to pay Gate Guard Services $1.5 million to settle claims involving the DOL’s overly aggressive and...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported that men “feel entitled to take time off for family” too. The subject of the article was Josh Levs, a former CNN reporter who wanted more time off when his third child was born...more

Employee Misclassification Goes Viral with the Introduction of On-Demand Start-Ups, but the DOL May Have Just Crashed the Server

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay and related recordkeeping requirements. The...more

The Employment Expansion Trifecta: The Wage and Hour Division, The National Labor Relations Board, and . . . OSHA?

Perhaps it is the end of racing season in Saratoga, but the federal employment agencies are certainly looking to hit the trifecta against independent contractors, franchisors, parent companies, and similar entities under the...more

Class Action Suits By Independent Contractors -- the Uber Class Certification Decision

In a closely-watched decision involving a challenge to the business model used by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., a California federal judge agreed to certify a class of California drivers who claim to have been...more

[Event] Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Sept. 16th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for Sheppard Mullin's bi-annual Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour. There have been significant developments in California labor and employment law this year. We will explain how these new developments...more

Labor Day Hot Topics

Happy Labor Day 2015! In the spirit of the day, we thought it fitting to reflect on the three, hot topics that have been dominating the labor and employment news this summer, and which are certain to impact employers and...more

August 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

August 2015 was not a vacation month for independent contractor cases. No less than seven major litigation events transpired this past month, highlighted by more of the same as well as some new developments. Several companies...more

“To Suffer Or Permit To Work” – That Is The Question!

On the heels of several cases involving worker misclassification, such as the FedEx decision reported upon in the PK Law newsletter, comes the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s Administrator’s Interpretation...more

InterConnect - September 2015

In our last FLASH!, we discussed the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s attempted foray into legislation when it issued its “Administrator’s Interpretation” regarding independent contractors. Now, not to be outdone...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: The DOL Weighs in on Worker

With the prevalence of companies providing ‘‘on demand’’ services today, the temptation to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees has perhaps never been greater, attorneys Keith Covington and John...more

FedEx Appeals Court Loss – The Implications

On July 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of FedEx drivers who claimed the Company’s treatment of them as independent contractors violated the Kansas Wage Payment Act. ...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? Uber Court Moves One Step Closer to Answering This Critical Question

Many of us perhaps have grown accustomed to riding Uber and enjoy the often significant discounts that their services may provide as compared to traditional taxi companies, and a recent case is certainly closely watched...more

New NLRB Ruling is Indicative of Significant Change in Federal Employment Law

Since last Thursday, the Internet has been buzzing with news of the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., which held that a Silicon Valley recycling center was a “joint...more

What Does the Latest Uber Decision Mean for Your Gig Business?

If you tuned in to my appearance a few months ago on Bloomberg Law Radio, you heard me bemoaning our legal system’s failure to catch up with the gig economy. For those of you who don’t know, the term “gig economy” (also...more

Vermont Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

On September 3, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Vermont Department of Labor (“VDOL”) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding...more

The Employee Fair Classification Act

In August 2015, the North Carolina House of Representatives sent a bill to the Senate that would create an oversight board for employee classification. See H.B. 482. The Employee Fair Classification Act could significantly...more

Be Warned: Federal Guidance on Misclassification States that “Most Workers Are Employees,” Not Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released official guidance addressing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The guidance, Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1...more

Are Your Contractors Actually Employees? DOL Says Probably Yes

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued an Administrator's Interpretation aimed at addressing what it characterizes as the “problematic trend” of employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors...more

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