Misclassification

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Uber, Lyft Decisions Highlight Difficulty of Classifying Workers in the Modern Economy

“The test the California courts have developed over the 20th Century for classifying workers isn’t very helpful in addressing . . . 21st Century problem[s].” So concluded the court in Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., one of two...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Second Round Results and Recaps

If you thought the Round of 64 was wild, then wait until you see what happened during the second round. Let’s just say that some shocking upsets left many a bracket busted wide open....more

Uber, Lyft “Employee or Independent Contractor” Cases Provide Classification Lessons for All Employers

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As our “on-demand” society continues to develop and services are offered in ever new and more convenient ways, businesses must remain mindful of the traditional factors...more

Sharing-economy Business Models Challenged – Uber and Lyft

O’Connor et al v Uber Technologies Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, 11 March 2015 C-13-3826 EMC, Judge Edward M. Chen...Cotter et al v Lyft, Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, 11...more

Tactics Kill Arb Agreement

In Roe v. SFBSC Management, LLC, No. 14-cv-03616 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 2, 2015), a federal district court in California rejected a night club’s attempt to compel arbitration by a class of performers who claimed they were...more

Uber and Lyft Lose Key Motions in California Independent Contractor Class Actions; Decisions Have Far-Reaching Implications for...

March 11, 2015 was a tough day for Uber and Lyft. Federal court judges in California issued separate decisions yesterday in class action lawsuits brought by drivers of Uber and Lyft who allege that those companies...more

“Something We Cannot Do”: Mies Confirms Limited Review of Class Certification Orders

In Mies v. Sephora U.S.A., Inc., No. A139410, published February 26, 2015 (Mies), the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District held that a trial court’s broad discretion to rule on class certification encompasses...more

Federal Wage Claims? That's The Easy Part!

Retailers are all too familiar with collective actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) making claims for unpaid overtime based on alleged misclassification of employees as exempt, working off the clock, or not...more

February 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are a set of cases reported in February dealing with class action IC misclassification claims: the highest court in a key state agreeing to decide whether a worker-friendly test should be...more

Cook County's New Wage-Theft Ordinance

Cook County recently increased the stakes on wage and hour compliance for employers that transact business with or receive tax incentives from the County. After May 1, 2015, Cook County may refuse to allow businesses to...more

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: The Consequences of Misclassification

The distinction between independent contractors and employees carries more burdens, consequences, and decisions than ever before. In addition to the tax consequences, there are health care compliance consequences, workers’...more

Affordable Care Act Presents New Risks to Employers Who Misclassify Workers

As our readers know, federal and state departments of labor have intensified their scrutiny of independent contractor arrangements and are coordinating with the federal and state taxing authorities when misclassifications are...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?

Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable...more

Uber and Lyft Drivers: Employees, Independent Contractors, or Something Else Entirely?

Disruptive “technology” companies Uber and Lyft were back in court recently doing their best to ensure their business models are not upended by a ruling that their drivers should be classified as employees rather than...more

Bumpy Ride: How Rideshare Programs Are Challenging Worker Classification and Raising Questions About a Potential Need to Modernize...

Rideshare services, which typically work by having users arrange rides using mobile apps on their phones with drivers who decide whether they want to provide a ride to a user at their discretion, have grown immensely in...more

The Next Wave of Joint Employment Litigation

A looming surge of cases threatens to expand the joint employment doctrine and fundamentally alter the operations of franchisors, retailers, and businesses utilizing independent contractors within the four walls of their...more

133,000 Misclassified Workers Detected in New York in the Course of 12,000 Audits and Investigations in 2014, According to the...

On February 1, 2015, the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification issued its Annual Report. The Report noted that the New York Task Force members in 2014 conducted over 12,000 audits and investigations,...more

Even an Exotic Dance Club (a.k.a. Strip Joint) Can Comply with Independent Contractor Laws – And Avoid or Defend Against Class...

A number of our blog posts since October 2010, including our monthly updates beginning in November 2012, have included reports on class action lawsuits by exotic dancers against strip clubs. This industry has, by far, the...more

Wisconsin Joins DOL’s Worker Misclassification Initiative

On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Wisconsin has also joined the growing list of states that have entered into formal agreements with the DOL to share information about worker misclassification. ...more

The 2016 Federal Budget: Targeting Independent Contractor Misclassification as Part of the “Fissured Workplace”

The President released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget today, February 2, 2015. In furtherance of the President’s budget request, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division provided a 32-page budget justification to Congress...more

January 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

JANITORIAL FRANCHISE COMPANY SETTLES ITS APPEAL OF $4.8 MILLION JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF MISCLASSIFIED CUSTODIANS. Coverall North America Inc. settled the independent contractor misclassification case filed against it by a class...more

Exotic Dancers’ Class Action Employment Suit Stays Alive in California

Salazar v. Victory Entertainment, Inc., No. B249888 (December 15, 2014): In a recent decision, a California Court of Appeal revived a class action lawsuit brought by a group of exotic dancers who claimed that they were...more

Adding Talent to Your Startup - Common Pitfalls to Avoid

If you are a young startup, then you probably have more work than you do time to perform the work. That means you are probably starting to think about bringing in additional talent to help you. ...more

Employer May Obtain Judicial Review of California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Decision

West Hollywood Community Health and Fitness Center v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, No. B248641 (December 5, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of a writ of...more

Trial Court Should Have Certified Class Claims Of Managerial Employees

Roberto Martinez and three other current or former employees of Joe’s Crab Shack (“JCS”) filed this putative class action asserting that they and similarly situated salaried managerial employees had been misclassified as...more

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