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Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Oklahoma Partners With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

On September 13, 2016, Oklahoma became the 35th state to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor...more

North Carolina and Nebraska Join 32 Other States In Agreeing To Partner With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

Just last month we reported that Pennsylvania had entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”), agreeing to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding...more

You Can’t Eat Your Cake And Have Your PAGA Too

Seyfarth Synopsis: When an allegedly aggrieved employee attempts both to seek compensatory relief as an individual and to impose penalties as a proxy for the California Labor Commissioner under the Private Attorneys General...more

NLRB General Counsel Seeks To Regulate and Target Employers with Independent Contractors

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB General Counsel releases an Advice Memorandum finding that the misclassification of independent contractors amounts to a standalone violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA....more

NLRB General Counsel Creates a “Misclassification-Plus” Unfair Labor Practice

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board made public an Advice Memorandum from the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel regarding an unfair labor practice case arising in the context of independent contractor...more

The definition of "worker" for whistleblowing purposes

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) creates two levels of protection for whistleblowers. The dismissal of an employee will be automatically unfair if the reason, or principal reason, for his/her dismissal is that...more

Enough is enough - stopping bullying in the workplace in Australia

Bullying at work has long been recognized as a problem. The potential negative consequences are endless, including risks to health and safety, adverse impacts on culture and morale, increased absenteeism and turnover, damage...more

U.S. Department of Labor Releases “Misclassification Mythbuster” Publication Related to Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released 12 questions and answers in a publication called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” It appears that the publication is intended to educate/inform individuals about whether...more

“Misclassification Mythbusters”: The Labor Department’s Latest Effort to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor has just released a dozen Q&A’s on the issue of IC misclassification in an online publication it calls “Misclassification Mythbusters.” The 12 IC misclassification “myths” that it seeks to debunk...more

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

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

WWE Misclassification Lawsuit Claims Performers’ Status as Independent Contractors Caused Long-Term Brain Injuries

Another major sports organization has been hit on the head with a concussion lawsuit. Most recently, former WWE performers claim that they suffered concussions and other head injuries that have resulted in long-term brain...more

DOL, Pa. DLI Partnership Aims to Curb Employee Misclassification

As part of its ongoing employee misclassification initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance (BLLC), to...more

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

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

June 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

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

$240 Million Settlement Closes Chapter on FedEx IC Misclassification Lawsuits

FedEx yesterday announced that it reached a settlement of its remaining independent contractor class action lawsuits in 20 states with its Ground Division drivers for $240 million, pending court approval. Coming on the heels...more

New Arizona Legislation May Affect the Interests of Arizona Businesses and Employers

Two new statutes, signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey this legislative session, attempt to set new standards on defining the independent contractor relationship and how wages are regulated. Below is a description...more

Sharing is caring: Are Uber, Lyft drivers independent contractors?

Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business,...more

Uber Willing to Pay $100 Million to Keep Its Drivers Classified as Independent Contractors

Recently, Uber announced that it agreed to pay drivers in California and Massachusetts $100 million in an effort to ensure that the drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. In just six years, Uber has...more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

Update – the RSRT's 2016 Order

Delayed start? Yesterday, the Full Bench of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) heard from various applicants who had applied for variations to and a stay of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments and Road Safety...more

Sharing Economy Should Fear California's Ruling on Uber Driver

When a district court judge in San Francisco this summer certified a class of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers seeking compensation for tips, it may have been the most talked about legal story of the summer. Much less noticed,...more

Employee Misclassification Continues to Make News

Just last month, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar were sued in San Francisco Superior Court in lawsuits similar to those pending cases against Uber and Lyft. These three new lawsuits ask the hot-button question: are...more

The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act

During the 2015 legislative session, North Carolina devoted a great deal of attention to the employment classifications of independent contractors. After working its way through several revisions in the House and Senate, The...more

Is the Six-Factor Test Still Good? Eleventh Circuit Endorses Modified Intern Test

A recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals appears to reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s oft-recited six-factor test, which is used to determine whether interns are actually functioning as employees. In...more

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