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Sharon Thomas

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

IC roundup: Think tank calculates misclassification costs

|February 1st, 2023|

The Economic Policy Institute calculated the cost of independent contractor misclassification to workers and recommended government action to combat the issue. A healthcare benefits services firm and a bakery face fines involving ICs and temps.
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NLRB restores contractors’ Section 7 rights in the workplace

|December 21st, 2022|

The National Labor Relations Board last week restored the rights of workers employed by a contractor to engage in protected concerted activity in their workplace.
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Price tag for labor law violations likely to rise

|December 14th, 2022|

The NLRB revised its make-whole remedy to ensure workers are compensated for all “direct or foreseeable pecuniary harm” suffered as a result of unfair labor practices.
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New York codifies absence protections with ‘no-fault’ ban

|November 30th, 2022|

New York codifies absence protections with a ban on “no-fault“ attendance policies. This law is a “good reminder” to review your policies, an attorney advises.
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Feds scrutinize electronic monitoring of workers

|November 2nd, 2022|

The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel has expressed concerns that electronic monitoring could impede workers’ rights to organize, while the DOL lists it as a factor indicating control over workers and, thus, possible employee status.
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IC Roundup: Comment period for DOL rule extended; other stories

|November 2nd, 2022|

The public comment period is extended for the DOL’s proposed worker classification rule; 47 workers receive $1 million in back wages and damages; Shipt faces misclassification charges lodged by Washington DC and Minnesota.
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Canada enhances temporary foreign worker protections

|October 26th, 2022|

New regulations meant to strengthen protections for temporary foreign workers in Canada have gone into effect. What is expected of employers.
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IC compliance: Courier company to pay $575,000 in wages, penalties

|October 5th, 2022|

A courier service that allegedly misclassified 62 drivers as independent contractors will pay $575,000 in back wages and liquidated damages and ensure future FLSA compliance at all its US locations.
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Amazon sues Washington state agency over warehouse safety citations

|October 5th, 2022|

Amazon has sued the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, saying the state’s process for addressing allegations of serious workplace safety problems violates the due process clause of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, GeekWire reported.
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U-turn ahead: UK to repeal IR35 reforms

|September 28th, 2022|

The UK is fulfilling its new prime minister’s promise to scrap IR35 off-payroll working rules. While welcome news, experts urge caution from employers and push for clear government guidance.
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