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April 1, 2020

Cracking Down on Employers Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

JDSUPRA reports: New Jersey has joined California and New York City by adding significant new penalties and requirements on employers doing business in the Garden State, including new penalties for…

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March 25, 2020

Gig Worker Unemployment Benefits

Bloomberg law reports: Last week, CA Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D), the author of A.B. 5, wrote the EDD to ensure unemployment insurance is given to workers misclassified as independent…

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March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Summary of CDC Recommendations

The National Law Review’s recent article helps HR managers prepare for Coronavirus pandemic: Remember, as you review the article, and the CDC’s recommendations, it does not relieve an employer of…

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March 12, 2020

AB5 Aftermath Insight

JDSupra sheds insight: The debate over so-called “worker misclassification” is certain to continue, both as California lawmakers attempt to untangle the knotty web of AB 5, and other states (perhaps)…

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March 9, 2020

Biden Supports AB5, Backlash from Democrat ICs reported last night on March 8th: Four days after voting ended in the delegate-rich CA primary, Democrat presidential candidate former Senator/former Obama VP Joe Biden has Tweeted support for AB…

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March 6, 2020

Hiring Independent Contractors in Oregon

The National Law Review describes the Oregon landscape for Independent Contractors: The state of Oregon has six agencies that regulate the employment of individuals in Oregon: the Department of Revenue,…

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March 4, 2020

Uber Classification Dispute in Pennsylvania

Bloomberg Law reports: [Uber] drivers put forth enough evidence to go to trial on their claims that they were misclassified as contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania…

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March 3, 2020

Spotify Faces Class Action Lawsuit

Dylan Smith reported on March 2: Matthew Elias submitted the lawsuit both on his behalf and on behalf of “all others similarly situated and allegedly aggrieved,” according to court documents…

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February 28, 2020

Joint Employer, Franchisor Liability

Bloomberg Law provides an update on whether businesses are “joint employers” whom share liability for labor and employment violations, and if applicable to franchiser and franchisee relationships. Read details covering…

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February 26, 2020

Walmart’s Handbook Cost $55M Payout

CCJ reports on the impact employee handbooks make on independent contractor versus employee lawsuit settlements. Read details and contact us for assistance.

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February 24, 2020

New Costly Employee Landscape

Forbes reports how “misclassification cases can be devastating, especially for misclassified non-exempt employees, and can result in minimum wage violations, missed meal and rest periods, unpaid overtime, unreimbursed business expenses,…

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February 21, 2020

Reclassify? Employee vs IC

The CPA Journal reports on IRS and Department of Labor focus on worker issues. Read more to find out if your company requires assistance or needs to reclassify or restructure…

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February 18, 2020

How Employers and Independent Contractors Remain Independent under CA AB5

Nellie Alkap’s write up in Small Business Trends describes how to survive doing business in California under controversial AB5. Businesses and independent contractors both take issue with the new law….

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February 14, 2020

Proposed NY Legislation Indicates Gig Economy is on Life Support

Ford Harrison reports in JD Supra: In his 2020 budget proposal, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed creating a 9-member marketplace worker classification task force to address seismic changes to the way…

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February 12, 2020

Employers Face Rising Staffing Costs Nationwide After California’s Chaotic Legislation

For the last year, the advocacy group Californians for the Arts has been working to create exemption language for arts industries and educate the legislature on the common arts employment…

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February 10, 2020

Despite AB5 Pause, California Team Drivers Continue “Truck-Friendly” Relocation Search

Truckers are forced to relocate to survive financial hardship. Freight Waves reports below: California natives Jeff and Elyse Fink are still planning to relocate, but say a federal judge’s pause…

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February 5, 2020

Instacart Defeats Emergency Independent Contractor Reclassification Attempt in San Diego

Read about California state court denying San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot’s request for an emergency restraining order application to make all Instacart independent contractors employees as reported by the…

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February 4, 2020

Anti-Independent Contractor Law AB5 Is Not Working in California

CA AB5’s first month has proved a catastrophe for scores of independent contractors who have lost income, longtime clients and, in some cases, their entire livelihoods overnight

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January 29, 2020

New Jersey Enforces $250 per Employee, Increasing to $1,000 Subsequent Violations

Companies that misclassify independent contractors are now subject to increased fines and penalties. Can businesses afford $250 per employee for a first violation and up to $1,000 per employee for…

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January 28, 2020

Rhode Island Jury to decide if Uber responsible for passenger’s injuries

A federal judge has ruled that a jury should decide whether the ride-hailing giant Uber Technology, Inc., should be held responsible for injuries a passenger suffered while getting a ride…

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January 27, 2020

NJ Six-Pack of Laws

Last Tuesday, Gov. Murphy signed 6 new laws that address the misclassification issue and provide for significant liabilities for those employers found to have misclassified workers. Read The National Law…