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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.

New Jersey turns up heat on IC misclassification

|November 20th, 2019|

New Jersey has taken multiple actions on the independent contractor classification front, from proposing Dynamex-inspired legislation to charging Uber $642 million in back unemployment taxes on drivers the state considers employees.

DHS finalizes H-1B visa registration fee

|November 13th, 2019|

The US Department of Homeland Security is imposing a nonrefundable $10 registration fee for each H-1B visa registration, which it estimates will cost US businesses $1.9 million.

H-2A visa worker notches arbitration agreement win

|November 6th, 2019|

A farm worker on a temporary work visa is not subject to arbitration because the agreement he signed was done so under duress, a federal judge ruled last week.
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Fed actions: $5 million pay-equity settlement; work visa program debarment

|October 23rd, 2019|

Intel settles with DOL over pay discrimination; H-2B visa program violations lead to firm’s five-year debarment.
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Employment law: California arbitration ban; New York IC status

|October 16th, 2019|

California has 15 new employment-related laws, including an arbitration ban. Meanwhile, New York may follow the Golden State’s lead in addressing independent contractor classification.
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Foodpanda, Uber Eats are employers: Taiwan

|October 16th, 2019|

The Taiwanese ministry of labor says Foodpanda and Uber Eats are employers of those who deliver food for their platforms. Foodpanda has rejected that assertion, Focus Taiwan News Channel Reports.
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Supreme Court denies IC case review, ABC test stands

|October 9th, 2019|

The US Supreme Court let stand a lower court finding that a federal law limiting state regulation of the trucking industry does not preempt New Jersey’s wage-and-hour law.
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Temp workers’ death leads to calls for action against buyer

|October 2nd, 2019|

A union and government officials call for action against a buyer after fifth temp worker fatality; other enterprises need to proactively address contingent workers safety issues.
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Visa fraud: California man faces 12 years in prison

|August 21st, 2019|

A California man was found guilty of 21 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft this month and could face 12 years in federal prison, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California announced.
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Buyer must compensate temporary workers who were not paid overtime

|August 14th, 2019|

As a joint employer, a company whose staffing providers failed to pay its temporary workers overtime wages must compensate those workers, the US DOL determined.
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