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“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

New Arizona Independent Contractor Law Now In Effect

Arizona’s “Declaration of Independent Business Status” law went into effect earlier this month. The new law, which appears to be the first of its kind, aims to provide independent contractors and the businesses that engage...more

FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that...more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 1)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the final quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...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

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Falls Apart

In a surprising development, a federal court judge rejected a proposed settlement yesterday which would have seen gig giant Uber pay up to $100 million to resolve a series of legal claims challenging its classification model,...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

More Proposed Pay Changes: Bill To Restrict Employers From Asking About Salary History Introduced to the New York City Council

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Council introduced a bill that would prohibit New York City employers from inquiring or relying on a job applicant’s wage or salary history. Although New Yorkers and Bostonians have...more

Massachusetts – The Latest Jurisdiction to Update Its Pay Equity Laws

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charles Barker signed the Act to Establish Pay Equity. The Act, which makes several important changes to Massachusetts wage laws, will go into effect on July 1, 2018. ...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

USDOL Releases New FLSA Poster

Employers of workers who are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage provisions are required to display a poster prescribed by the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division. 29 C.F.R. § 516.4....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

Another Federal Court Thinks the DOL Is Out to Lunch On Tip Credit Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: New decision from Northern District of Georgia rejects the DOL’s interpretation of the FLSA tip credit law. Holds that the FLSA does not regulate tips received by employees who are paid at least minimum...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Pay Equity Bill

Executive Summary: On July 23, Massachusetts lawmakers unanimously approved An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the "Bill"), which seeks to ensure that men and women are paid equally for comparable work. Variations in pay must be...more

5 Keys to New AZ IC Law

We have repeatedly blogged on the Pushmi-Pullyu world of independent contractor relationships, a world in which employers can do no right. (DOL Says Employers Are Morons) Well, Arizona recently enacted a law providing at...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

Small Businesses Face Big HR Lawsuits

Every morning, while enjoying my Starbucks and settling in to the day, I take a peek at the labor & employment dailies to see what’s happening in the exciting world of employment law…Clearly, I need to get out more, but I...more

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

At any particular time, a technology company may devote all of its time and attention to an urgent development project, an investor pitch or closing a round of financing. Those activities certainly make for good press and...more

Massachusetts Enacts Groundbreaking Pay Equity Law

Massachusetts enacted the most expansive pay equity law in the country on Aug. 1, 2016. The law, which the Massachusetts legislature passed unanimously, amends and expands the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), defining...more

Massachusetts Governor Signs Stringent Pay Equity Requirements, Effective in 2018

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that will amend the Commonwealth’s pay equity law effective in 2018. The changes will make the law one of the most stringent in the...more

Private Attorney General Act Amendment Permits More Government Oversight of Claims

Buried in an appropriations bill designed to address no fewer than 42 separate issues is a small, but important item for California employers. In response to requests for legislative restrictions on the Private Attorneys...more

New York Establishes a Super IC Misclassification-Plus Task Force

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 159 expanding the existing Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification into a Joint Enforcement Task Force on Worker Exploitation and...more

Fairness and Employee Motivation

A positively motivated workforce is the linchpin of organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This is why employment motivation attracts considerable attention from management scholars and practitioners alike. Motivation...more

Does an FMLA Leave Request Double as a Request for a Reasonable Accommodation? Should Employers Care?

There is a hot debate brewing over the tantalizing question, “Does a request for FMLA leave also constitute a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?” The worlds of FMLA and ADA clash! Surely, this...more

Fourth Circuit Says Failure to Advise Employee of Leave Reinstatement Interfered with FMLA Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2002 Ragsdale decision rejected Department of Labor regulations stating that failure to provide employees with notice of leave rights was a per se violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act....more

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