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Sharon Thomas

About Sharon Thomas

Sharon Thomas is managing editor with Staffing Industry Analysts. She can be reached at smthomas (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.
  • OSHA

When IC status is not a shield from OSHA

By |June 26th, 2019|

Under developing independent contractor law, companies should enforce minimum safety compliance standards.
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State AGs to DOL: Proposed joint-employer rule unlawful

By |June 26th, 2019|

State attorneys general say the proposed rule would revert policy to outdated test and would be in violation of the law.
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California advances independent contractor classification bill

By |June 5th, 2019|

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would codify the stricter ABC test for independent contractor classification, CNBC reports.
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Uber drivers not employees, NLRB general counsel says

By |May 15th, 2019|

The National Labor Board’s general counsel has told regional offices that Uber drivers are independent contractors and instructed them to dismiss cases against the company.
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Background checks and ICs: Misclassification win leads to FCRA twist

By |May 15th, 2019|

A successful defense against misclassification opens a company up to a new angle in the lawsuit based on how the company justified background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, JDSupra reports.
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Amputee reaches $9M settlement with buyer, staffing firm

By |May 1st, 2019|

A worker who lost part of his leg after a forklift accident settles for $9 million; worksite employer claims staffing firm owes indemnification.
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Court: Amazon can’t force arbitration in misclassification case

By |May 1st, 2019|

Amazon can’t compel individual arbitration in an independent contractor misclassification lawsuit filed by its drivers, a federal judge in Washington ruled last week.
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Massachusetts and NYC count ICs in employers’ obligations

By |April 24th, 2019|

Independent contractors are counted as part of a company’s workforce for the purposes of Massachusett’s family and medical leave law as well as New York City’s new sexual harassment training law.
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Texas approves rule allowing IC classification for gig workers

By |April 17th, 2019|

The Texas Workforce Commission has approved a rule allowing the classification of “marketplace platform contractors” — those hired through digital apps such as Uber — as independent contractors.
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Roofer faces manslaughter charges in IC’s fatal fall

By |April 17th, 2019|

The employer claims he cannot force independent contractors to use protective gear, the Portland Press Herald reports. OSHA says otherwise.
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