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“Uber” Ruling Jars “Sharing Economy”

On June 3, 2015, Barbara Ann Berwick received a favorable ruling from a hearing officer for the California Labor Commissioner (the “CLC”) that the “ride sharing” company Uber must reimburse her for certain expenses...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

Labor Commissioner Finds Uber Driver To Be Employee, Not Independent Contractor

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner determined that an Uber driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, was considered an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor. As such, she was entitled to reimbursement in the...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

House and Senate members passed a continuing resolution (CR) this week that will fund state government on a temporary basis until August 14, staving off a June 30 budget deadline which marked the end of the fiscal year. The...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...more

Do You Know Who Your Employees Are?

Employers are beginning to learn that they may have far more employees than they think. A driver for the ride sharing company Uber was considered an “employee” by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office earlier this month....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

Independent Contractor Misclassification: The Hidden Trap of Outsourcing

It’s a beguiling option. Companies that classify workers as independent contractors receive a number of benefits, including elimination of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, and unemployment insurance...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

Federal Guidance on Independent Contractors on Its Way This Summer

Recently, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator David Weil announced that the DOL would issue an “administrator interpretation” letter early this summer on how an employer can best address whether an individual qualifies...more

Former Uber Driver Gets a Lyft from the Labor Commissioner

A California Labor Commissioner has ruled that one of San Francisco-based Uber’s drivers, Barbara Ann Berwick, is an employee, not an independent contractor. The Labor Commissioner awarded Berwick just over $4,000 for...more

Uber Drivers as “Independent Contractors” – Maybe Not!

Employers face a variety of challenges when relying on “independent contractors.” Typically these disputes involve wages and/or hours worked or alleged entitlement to benefits. A recent case against Uber, however, brought a...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2015

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation - Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to...more

Labor Commissioner's Uber Decision: A Reminder of Misclassification Dangers

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that a San Francisco-based driver for the popular ride coordination service Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), was an employee rather than an independent contractor....more

Berwick V. Uber: Small Decision, Uber-Sized Headache

In a somewhat unexpected, but not that surprising, ruling, the California Labor Commissioner, on June 3, 2015, issued a 12-page decision in favor of a pro se plaintiff driver against mighty Uber Technologies, Inc. for...more

Worker Misclassification – What Employers Need to Know in Light of New Enforcement Efforts

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (“DOLI”) has recently announced the implementation of a new Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (“VOSH”) policy directed at preventing the misclassification of workers in VOSH...more

Uber Relieved or Uber Mad? What Does the Recent UBER Misclassification Ruling Mean for Employers?

Last week, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that Uber driver Barbara Berwick was an employee and not an independent contractor, as Uber classifies all its drivers. The ruling was based on the Labor Commissioner’s...more

That is SO last week - June 2015

Last week, Uber suffered a setback in one of the many driver-initiated lawsuits it’s defending. A federal judge in California ruled that the popular ride-sharing app cannot compel arbitration of claims by drivers relating to...more

California Labor Commissioner Delivers A Blow to the Ride Sharing Independent Contractor Concept

The decision to classify workers as independent contractors versus employees can be a costly one, but nevertheless, continues to be a decision many employers make quickly and without regard for the potential risks. In...more

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver is an Employee

The debate over whether Uber drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors is ongoing, with multiple court cases vying to determine how the classification works going forward. Yet, the California Labor...more

Uber Independent Contractor Decision Will Have Broad Consequences For Employers In California

Earlier today, Uber Technologies, Inc. announced the decision of the California Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) finding that a driver was an employee, not an independent contractor. The...more

Uber Suffers Another Independent Contractor Misclassification Setback in California

Uber has not fared well in court battles recently. After losing an unemployment case last month in Florida, it has now just lost an independent contractor misclassification wage case in California. This loss in California...more

FedEx to Pay $228 Million in Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement

Things that $228 Million will buy: – LeBron James’s waterfront mansion in Miami, listed for $15 million – A 710-year old copy of the Magna Carta, sold in 2007 for $21.3 million – The Oakland A’s, sold in 2005 for $180...more

DOL To Issue Independent Contractor Guidance

According to an Article in Law360, on June 5, 2015, David Weil, Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, stated that his Office is preparing to release guidance addressing how to assess whether a...more

$228 Million: The Cost of Independent Contractor Misclassification for FedEx Ground in California

Yesterday, June 12, FedEx announced in papers filed with the SEC that its Ground Division “has reached an agreement in principle with [drivers] in the independent contractor litigation that is pending in …California [federal...more

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