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A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

Employment Law Letter - Fall 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Does Substance Abuse Qualify for FMLA? Some may be surprised to find the answer is yes, provided certain criteria are met. However, a federal judge in Connecticut recently issued a decision that shows the FMLA card can’t...more

The Future is Freelance

by Fisher Phillips on

Yesterday, Upwork and the Freelancers Union published the results of Freelancing in America: 2017, a comprehensive annual measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The report’s findings are wide-ranging, from the number of...more

Do You Know The ABC’s About Independent Contractors?

Recently, New Jersey’s Appellate Division once again addressed the test used to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor. The plaintiff in Garden State Fireworks Inc. v. NJ Dept. of Labor,...more

Independent Contractor Status And The ABC Test

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have handled almost 100 unemployment insurance audits by the New Jersey DOL, where the underlying gravamen is that certain individuals are or are not independent contractors. The Auditors enforce the law very strictly and...more

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Small Business Focus: Employees and Independent Contractors

WHEN A PERSON OR BUSINESS NEEDS SOMEONE TO PERFORM SERVICES, that relationship may be structured in different ways. In some cases it may make sense for the person or business to hire someone as an employee, while other times...more

Court Presses Pause On Uber Misclassification Cases, Awaiting SCOTUS Ruling On Class Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently placed a temporary halt on the ongoing misclassification litigation against Uber, pointing out that it would make sense to wait for a key Supreme Court decision before proceeding...more

Wage Theft Investigations and Citations in the Construction Industry

This month we share some cautionary tales for employers in the construction industry. During the past several months the California Labor Commissioner has cited or filed suit against several construction companies. In one...more

September 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

September included three court cases that have attracted considerable attention in the area of independent contractor misclassification: an $8.75 million settlement in the nationwide class action against Postmates by its...more

September 2017: The Top 10 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. The law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, and September 2017 was no different. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest...more

More Law Firms Hit With FLSA Misclassification Claims: A Cautionary Tale

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have written a number of times about law firms that have been sued in FLSA actions. Another example. Employees have sued two Florida personal injury law firms, alleging that they were misclassified and not properly paid...more

Employee Classification and the Gig Economy - Court Leaves the Door Open for “On-Call” Time for Uber Drivers

On September 13, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s Partial Motion for Summary Judgment in a putative class action brought by UberBLACK drivers in Philadelphia...more

North Carolina Confronts Misclassification: What Your Organization Needs to Know About the Employee Fair Classification Act

Starting December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Industrial Commission will have a permanent Employee Classification Section responsible for taking complaints about and facilitating the sharing of information among state and...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How This Classification Is Bringing Legal Challenges To The Gig Economy

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The gig economy is a labor market characterized by temporary positions or freelance work with independent workers for short-term engagements as opposed to permanent jobs. Think Uber, Delivery Dudes, Taskrabbit, and Upwork. ...more

August 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

This past month was unusually “slow” in terms of developments in the law of independent contractor misclassification and compliance. There was no blockbuster court decision or lawsuit filed, although one interesting...more

Employee or independent contractor? Right to control is key

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment...more

The Ground Continues to Shift in Wage and Hour Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

A year ago, employers across the country prepared for the implementation of a new overtime rule that would dramatically increase the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions, on the understanding that the new rule would...more

1099 or W-2? How to Classify Workers in the Gig Economy and Why It Matters

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Uber and other ride sharing companies have been at the forefront of the “gig economy” where websites and mobile applications (commonly called “apps”) connect workers to customers who need a temporary service. With the rise of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: August 2017

by Payne & Fears on

Arbitration - Sprunk v. Prisma LLC, No. B268755, 2017 WL 3614265 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2017) - Summary: Employer waived right to compel arbitration against class members by not timely pursuing arbitration. ...more

Phase One Of Grubhub Trial Ends; Waiting Game Begins

by Fisher Phillips on

The evidentiary phase of the Grubhub misclassification trial ended last week; now the gig economy world waits with baited breath for a final ruling. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this could be the first time the...more

Judge OK’s $8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in...more

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

A Look-In At The Halfway Point In The Critical GrubHub Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

As readers of this blog know, we are right in the midst of one of the most significant legal developments for the gig economy. For the first time, a judge is being asked to definitely decide at trial whether a typical...more

7th Circuit Says Beauty School Student Not An Employee

On August 14, in Hollins v. Regency Corp., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that a cosmetology student who worked at her beauty...more

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