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Sharon Thomas

About Sharon Thomas

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

Term limits have little benefit when adopted to avoid co-employment

|February 12th, 2020|

How long someone has been engaged is almost never very important in deciding whether co-employment exists in a particular case.

No CWS 3.0 next week

|February 12th, 2020|

Your next issue of Contingent Workforce Strategies 3.0 will be delivered Feb. 26.

Arbitration news: California’s AB 51 halted; Amazon seeks Ninth Circuit relief

|February 5th, 2020|

Court halts California’s ban on enforced employer arbitration; Amazon asks Ninth Circuit to enforce arbitration in a case involving delivery drivers claiming misclassification.
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Buyer settles sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit from temp, others fired after lodging complaint

|January 29th, 2020|

A Michigan food manufacturer will pay $125,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit from a temp and others fired after lodging a complaint. Title VII protects temp workers as well as staff, EEOC says.
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Court: Staffing firm can sue buyer for discrimination

|January 22nd, 2020|

A staffing firm has standing to sue a buyer organization in a racial bias case, the 5th Circuit Court ruled, overturning a lower court ruling.
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H-1B visas: FY 2021 pre-registration timeline set

|January 15th, 2020|

The pre-registration period for cap-subject H-1B visa petitions for the 2021 fiscal year will run from March 1 to March 20.
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DOL roundup: IC misclassifications, work visa violations

|January 8th, 2020|

The US Department of Labor announced fines and settlements totaling more than $700,000 in cases involving independent contractor misclassification as well as H-1B and other work visa violations.
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H-1B visa fraud sentence: Three years in prison for California man, $1.2 million forfeiture

|January 2nd, 2020|

A California man was sentenced Dec. 18 to three years in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.2 million for visa fraud and aggravated identity theft.
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NLRB, McDonald’s settlement: No joint-employer liability

|December 18th, 2019|

The federal agency’s approval of the settlement with McDonald’s and its franchisees means it’s unlikely the agency will hold franchisers accountable for the violations of their operators.
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Maine roofer’s OSHA fines now total $2 million

|December 4th, 2019|

A Maine roofer who was previously fined $1.8 million — and who faces manslaughter charges in the workplace fatality of an independent contractor — sees $278,456 in new fines from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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