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Massachusetts Court Refuses to Certify Case Involving Alleged Independent Contractor Misclassification

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently issued a case involving the straight-forward application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011),...more

New York Law Makes Misclassification Of Workers In The Transportation Industry More Costly Than Ever

Executive Summary: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the "New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act," which will have a significant impact on employers in the transportation industry by...more

Strippers and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Lessons for All Employers

Late last month, in the Southern District of Florida, adult entertainers at several Rick’s Cabaret locations filed a lawsuit alleging that they were improperly categorized (and thus improperly compensated) as independent...more

Wage and Hour Compliance Priorities for 2014

It is easy for us to recommend that employers conduct regular and comprehensive wage and hour audits that examine all facets of the employer’s pay practices to ensure compliance with the myriad of wage and hour laws. After...more

Welcome 2014: Five Employment Law Trends You Need to Know

Now that we have reviewed the laws that are affecting California employers beginning in 2014, we cast an eye forward to examine employment issues that could impact your workplace in the New Year. Based on our review of...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

Increased Agency Information Sharing Raises Misclassification Risks

On November 18, 2013, New York State joined forces with the U.S. Department of Labor in an information-sharing program that will enhance inter-agency enforcement of worker misclassification. The New York State Attorney...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

Independent Contractor Misclassification Bill Introduced in Senate

On November 12, 2013, Senator Bob Casey introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate entitled the “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013.” The act is aimed at reducing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors....more

NH Labor Department Targets Misclassification of Employees

James W. Craig, the new Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Labor, addressed the Labor & Employment Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association on November 19, 2013. Mr. Craig indicated that his chief...more

Congress Re-Introduces Independent Contractor Misclassification Law

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) announced on November 12, 2013 that he had introduced a bill called the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013 at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. The bill is yet...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

New Case Provides Lessons That May Help Companies Avoid Pitfalls When Structuring Independent Contractor Relationships

The district court's opinion denying cross-motions for summary judgment in Bobbitt v. Broadband Interactive, Inc., No. 8:11-cv-2855 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 21, 2013) illustrates how not to structure an independent contractor...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #33

We are pleased to present the 33rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news that will have an impact on business and litigation, including extra-territorial...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

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill To Punish Misclassification Of Trucking Business Employees

On September 9, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued an absolute veto to a bill (A1578) that would have had a serious impact on trucking industry employers in New Jersey. As we previously discussed in the September...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

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 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

California Trucking and Shipping Companies Must Evaluate Owner/Operator Relationships in Light of Los Angeles Superior Court...

Trucking companies that operate in California and also utilize independent contractor “owner-operators” to ship goods throughout the country must re-evaluate whether or not the contractors are misclassified in light of the...more

Federal Agencies Go After “Misclassified” Landmen

Are your landmen independent contractors? Are they employees? What do they look like to the government?...more

California Agencies Don’t Get Two Bites At The Apple When It Comes To Misclassification

Happy Nails & Spa of Fashion Valley, LP, v. Julie Su, No. D060621 (July 19, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently held that an employer does not have to relitigate the issue of whether the workers at its facilities are...more

Yours, Mine, or Ours? Avoiding Joint Employer and Contractor Misclassification

Companies are increasingly using subcontractors, temporary staffing agencies, leased employees, and independent contractors to supplement or, sometimes, replace their regular workforces....more

Recent Decision by Massachusetts’ Highest Court Removes Barriers to Wage Claims

This week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision that makes it easier to bring lawsuits under the Massachusetts Wage Act. In Depianti v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc., the SJC held that a...more

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