The United States Department of Labor Misclassification

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The Audit's Done, And We Need To Reclassify – Now What?

Let's assume you've done an internal audit, or one required by the Department of Labor, and found – as so many companies do – that certain titles/positions require reclassification from exempt to non-exempt under the Fair...more

When are Paralegals Illegal?

When they are not properly paid. A number of law firms and corporate employers consider paralegals to be exempt from overtime. At the federal level, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that most paralegals lack...more

New York State Passes Worker Misclassification Law For Commercial Transportation Industry

On January 10, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (the Act), which becomes effective on March 11, 2014. As with the Construction...more

Employers Under Continued Fire from Government Agencies and Legislature for Workplace Misclassification

New York has just become the 15th state to formally align its efforts with those of the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to crack down on the misclassification of employees as “independent contractors.” New York...more

Senate "Misclassification" Bill Bears Watching

Yet another "misclassification" bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would impose new prohibitions, requirements, and penalties relating to categorizing a worker as being either an employee or a non-employee. The "Payroll Fraud...more

New York Partners With The U.S. Department Of Labor To Combat Worker Misclassification

On November 18, 2013, New York State announced that it is teaming with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to protect employees against misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Officials...more

New York Teams-up with the U.S. Department of Labor to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In their continued efforts to crack down on the misclassification of independent contractors, and the resulting federal and state wage and hour violations, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York Attorney...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

Rise in misclassification suits and DOL audits quite a fright: what an employer can do to prepare

Few things are more frightening to an employer than a worker misclassification suit. Perhaps a Department of Labor audit over wage and hour issues may be just as scary. One thing is for sure: disagreements about how workers...more

In An Employee’s Shoes

How to avoid paying overtime and to evade pesky employment laws? Treat your workers as “independent contractors.” Print Problem solved. Or maybe not. An appellate court has reminded employers again about the costly...more

Employee Or Independent Contractor – The War Has Been Waged

The battle between employers and government agencies over the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors (an “IC”) has been waged for years. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S....more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Constitutionality of Labor Department Fines

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Bartlow v. Costigan. Bartlow isa facial constitutional challenge to the system of administrative fines administered by the Illinois Department...more

Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Will Remain a Top Priority Under New U.S. Secretary of Labor

The new head of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will emphasize independent contractor misclassification as a top priority. Speaking this morning at a panel discussion in Chicago hosted by the American Bar...more

Employment Litigation In Review #7

ODEP Develops Database with 3,000 Ready-for-Hire Candidates Who Have Disabilities - On December 5, 2012, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced its new Workforce Recruitment Program. The program...more

Employment Classification Lessons Learned From Scantland v. Jeffry Knight Inc.

A recent Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued a strong admonition to employers: the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees may have serious financial and operational...more

Take 5 Newsletter: EEOC Update; Intern Wage and Hour Claims; NLRB Quorum; Unemployment Discrimination; Social Media Passwords

EEOC Releases Letter Addressing Wellness Programs and Reasonable Accommodation Obligations - In a letter issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Peggy Mastroianni, the agency's Legal Counsel,...more

Comment Submitted On USDOL's Proposed Worker Survey

As we have been reporting, March 12 was the deadline for submitting comments regarding the U.S. Labor Department's proposal "to collect information about employment experiences and workers' knowledge of basic employment laws...more

Dog Days (of Winter) are Over: Audits for Worker Misclassification On Increase

Consistent readers of the blog will no doubt know of my weaving in pop culture into blog posts. So it was with some good fortune that as I began to write this post, the song “Dog Days are Over” popped up on my iPhone speakers...more

To Pay or Not To Pay: Payment of Wages under Federal Wage and Hour Law

“These violations reflect one of the problems we’ve found in the oil and gas extraction industry—employees are improperly classified as exempt from the FLSA and are not paid the proper wages in accordance with federal law.” -...more

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part Two: Wage and Hour Division Tips Its Hand

In the first part of this series, we examined the three major strategies in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory agenda. In part two of this two-part series, we will look at one regulatory topic of great interest....more

DOL Proposes Survey on Independent Contractor Misclassification

The survey will involve more than 10,000 workers and carry important implications for employers, including the potential implementation of "right to know" regulations. ...more

No USDOL Response To Request For Worker "Survey"

Readers will recall our January post concerning the U.S. Labor Department's announced intention to "to collect information about employment experiences and workers' knowledge of basic employment laws and rules so as to better...more

Wage and Hour Division Unveils Plans to Survey Workers' Knowledge of Their Classification as Employees or Independent Contractors;...

From the advent of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor has clearly expressed its intent to adopt an adversarial approach towards employers at the agency and sub-agency levels. As part of that strategy, the...more

DOL’s Renewed Focus on Worker Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Request for Comments regarding its Proposal to spend $1,852,029.00 to conduct a first of its kind survey of employers and employees about their experiences and knowledge of worker...more

FLSA "Right to Know" Regulations Still On The Horizon

The Department of Labor recently announced a precursor to "Right to Know" regulations under the FLSA. The Department has proposed a survey "to collect information about employer's experiences and workers' knowledge of basic...more

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