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Katherine Alvarez

About Katherine Alvarez

Katherine Alvarez is a reporter for Staffing Industry Analysts. She can be reached at kalvarez (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.
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Snack food company, staffing providers to pay more than $2.1 million

By |November 4th, 2015|

J&J Snack Foods Corp. and its two staffing providers will pay more than $2.1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 677 contingent workers following two federal investigations, the US Department of Labor announced.

One investigation found 465 workers at J&J’s Swedesboro, N.J., facility — provided by Voorhees, N.J.-based staffing firm Sebastian and Sebastian LLC […]

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Oregon official: Uber drivers employees, not independent contractors

By |October 21st, 2015|

Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors, according to an advisory opinion released last week by an Oregon state official. But Oregonlive.com reports Uber has fired back, arguing its drivers are independent contractors.

“Uber suffers or permits drivers to work for the company’s benefits. Further, drivers are economically dependent on Uber pursuant to the ‘economic realities’ test,” […]

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Workplace deaths among contractors continue to rise

By |September 23rd, 2015|

More contracted workers died on the job in 2014 than 2013, according to preliminary numbers released last week by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Contracted workers are those employed by one firm but working at the behest of another firm that controls the worksite where the fatality took place. Overall, fatal work injuries among all types of […]

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Legislators seek to undo NLRB ‘joint employer’ decision

By |September 16th, 2015|

Republican lawmakers last week introduced legislation to roll back the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that expanded the definition of joint employment, allowing a union to negotiate with a staffing buyer over both traditionally hired and staffing firm workers based on the client employer having indirect control over the workers.

The “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act” […]

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Alaska becomes 25th state to join feds’ IC misclassification program

By |August 19th, 2015|

Alaska signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Labor to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Alaska is the 25th state to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Labor as part of its misclassification initiative. The other states are Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, […]

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Kentucky joins feds’ misclassification fight

By |July 22nd, 2015|

Kentucky has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to work with the US Department of Labor to crack down on misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Kentucky is the 23rd state to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Labor as part of its misclassification initiative. The other states that have signed the memorandum […]

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New penalties set for foreign temp worker violations in Canada

By |July 8th, 2015|

Employers that break the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program face stiff new consequences, announced Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre.

The announcement follows claims by Quebec Labor Minister Sam Hamad that his federal counterpart agreed to talks aimed at easing frustration from some businesses that said […]

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Southwest construction firms settle in misclassification case

By |April 29th, 2015|

After a nearly five-year federal investigation, 16 defendants accused of misclassifying more than 1,000 construction workers in Arizona and Utah reached a consent judgment to pay $700,000 in back wages, damages, penalties and other guarantees, the US Department of Labor’s wage and hour division announced last week.

The defendants — operating collectively as CSG Workforce Partners, […]

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Canada doesn’t budge on foreign temps deportation

By |April 8th, 2015|

Canada’s temporary foreign workers are facing repercussions as of last week from a rule implemented four years ago.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program “four-in-four-out” rule, enacted April 1, 2011, requires temporary foreign workers who have been working in Canada for four years or more to leave the country, and also bans them from returning to work […]

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White House initiative aims to close skills gap

By |March 11th, 2015|

President Obama Monday announced the launch of an initiative intended to provide Americans with the skills needed for well-paying jobs. The initiative, called TechHire, will provide access to training programs through universities and community colleges as well as nontraditional approaches like coding bootcamps and online courses.

Key elements of the initiative include:

Twenty regions, with more than […]

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