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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.

Discriminatory hiring requests: Only training can change the paradigm

|October 13th, 2021|

Asking your staffing provider to use discriminatory hiring practices can land both firms in hot water, as can unconscious biases. Be sure your program stakeholders are on the same educated page to ensure a fair and inclusive process.
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Judge: Arbitration agreements not a shield from federal action

|September 29th, 2021|

Arbitration agreements between employers and workers do not preclude the US DOL from taking action on behalf of those workers, a federal judge ruled, allowing an independent contractor misclassification case to proceed.
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Court vacates Trump-era wage-based H-1B selection process rule

|September 22nd, 2021|

A federal district court on Sept. 15 struck down a Trump administration rule that would have given high-wage positions priority in the H-1B selection process, replacing the lottery-based process currently in use.
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Misclassification roundup: $7.3 million lawsuit settlement; $235,000-plus DOL recovery

|August 25th, 2021|

A medical technology firm settled a misclassification suit for $7.3 million and agreed to reclassify sales associates as employees; the DOL recovered more than $235,000 for 131 home health aides misclassified as independent contractors.
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California truckers file AB 5 appeal with US Supreme Court

|August 11th, 2021|

The California Trucking Association announced Aug. 9 it has filed a petition for the US Supreme Court to review its case challenging California’s AB 5 law, Reuters reported.
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USCIS conducts second random selection from H-1B cap registrations

|August 4th, 2021|

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has selected additional H-1B registrations to reach the fiscal-year 2022 allocations. The newly selected registrants have until Nov. 3 to file their petitions.
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Canada mulls major temp foreign worker policy changes

|July 28th, 2021|

The Canadian government is proposing major changes to the rules for temporary foreign workers to address existing gaps in worker protections and strengthen program integrity.
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Lowe’s wins bid to enforce arbitration in worker misclassification case

|July 21st, 2021|

An independent installer’s misclassification case against the home improvement retailer must be handled through arbitration, a US District Court ruled last week.
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Truckers to take case against AB 5 to US Supreme Court

|June 30th, 2021|

An injunction against California’s AB 5 law remains in effect as a trucking association appeals its case to the US Supreme Court, Land Line reports.
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Amazon loses bid to enforce arbitration in IC misclassification lawsuit

|June 23rd, 2021|

The US Supreme Court declined to review a First Circuit ruling that Amazon’s delivery drivers in Massachusetts are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and cannot be forced into arbitration. The drivers can now take their misclassification case to court.
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