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Jury Sides with FedEx in ADA Failure to Accommodate Case

For those of you who think the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means you have to do whatever a disabled employee wants, I bring good news from of all sources, a jury in California. This case had it all—an employee...more

FedEx Enters Settlement with California District Attorneys to Partially Resolve Allegations of Mismanagement of Damaged Products,...

On July 28, 2015, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (“FedEx”) entered into a settlement agreement (“Settlement”) with a group of California District Attorneys to partially resolve allegations that the company stored 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

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

Why Did Uber Lose In Court Today? And How It Can Still Avoid Future Misclassification Liability

Today was not a good day for Uber. It suffered its second setback from the federal district court judge hearing the independent contractor misclassification class action case brought by Uber drivers against the giant...more

Impact of NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision on Independent Contractors: State-of-the-Art IC Agreements Can Protect from...

Few independent contractor agreements we have reviewed, even those of Fortune 500 companies, are relatively free from clauses that undermine the IC relationship because such agreements typically contain clauses that retain...more

The NLRB’s “Radical” Joint Employer Decision Is The Biggest Win For Unions In Years

Yesterday, in Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled 30 years of authority on the issue of joint employers. In a decision which two Board Members called the “most...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - 15 states sue to block enforcement of Obama administration climate change rules: Bloomberg - Aug 13: Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia – but not including California - asked...more

UPS Deal Continues Trend of Corporate Biofuel Commitments

Last Wednesday UPS agreed to purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the course of the next three years from the energy companies Neste, Renewable Energy Group, and Solazyme. The agreement is the...more

Even if Uber Loses Class Certification Motion Today, All Is Not Lost for Ride-Sharing Tech Giant

August 6, 2015 may be a day that Uber drivers in California win preliminary approval of their motion for class certification in their independent contractor misclassification lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

DOL Issues Warning to Companies Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

Employer misclassification of employees as contractors has filled recent newspaper articles and caught the attention of legislators in the Carolinas and beyond. Last week, the federal Department of Labor entered the fray,...more

July 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This July was another month where independent contractor compliance and misclassification was a topic that made front page news. Hillary Clinton placed independent contractor misclassification in the national spotlight when...more

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has gained both praise and notoriety for shaking up the taxi industry by allowing individuals who meet minimum requirements to provide an on-demand car service via the Uber mobile app. In...more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

Homejoy’s Shutdown, Due to Misclassification Lawsuits, Likely to Propel Tech Start-Ups to Enhance Their Independent Contractor...

Earlier Friday, it was reported by Carmel DeAmicis of re/code that Homejoy, the home cleaning start-up that uses independent contractors as their home cleaners, was closing down its operations due to four misclassification...more

The “Independent Contractor” Truck Driver, Wage & Hour Laws, the Affordable Care Act, and Safety Regulations

On The challenges that trucking companies face regarding truck drivers continue to expand. One vexing issue facing many companies: Can they continue to treat many of their truck drivers as “independent contractors” as they...more

Employment Law - July 2015

The Impact of National Same-Sex Marriage for Employers - Why it matters: How will employers feel the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges? The landmark ruling that the Fourteenth...more

Seventh Circuit Adopts Kansas Supreme Court Decision that FedEx Ground Misclassified Its Drivers as Independent Contractors as a...

Wednesday, as anticipated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit adopted the decision of the Kansas Supreme Court that FedEx Ground drivers, as a matter of law, were employees and not independent contractors under...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2015

In This Issue: ..From 20 Years to Zero in Six Trial Days - Noted With Interest: ..FedEx Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on California’s Murky “Right-to-Control”...more

June 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The month of June 2015 created more newspaper stories and blog posts on the subject of independent contractor misclassification than any other. Why? Uber lost an IC misclassification case and FedEx Ground agreed to pay $228...more

FedEx Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on California’s Murky “Right-to-Control” Test

In a closely watched case last year, the Ninth Circuit ruled that FedEx’s drivers are employees—not independent contractors—as a matter of law under California’s “right-to-control” test. Alexander v. FedEx Ground Package...more

Appellate Court Delivers for FedEx—Second Class Cert Denial Affirmed by Ninth Circuit

When an employer has a denial of class certification remanded by an appellate court, it has a reason to worry. And while the employer might breathe a sigh of relief when the district court on remand again denies class...more

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