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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.

Maine buyer faces penalties in H-2A visa investigation

|March 31st, 2021|

A tomato grower has paid $245,351 in back wages and $92,114 in civil money penalties for violating labor provisions of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
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Massachusetts’ Uber, Lyft driver suit proceeds

|March 31st, 2021|

A Massachusetts judge denied a bid to dismiss a state lawsuit challenging Uber and Lyft classification of drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, Business Insider reported.
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H-1B updates: Wage hike delayed; rejected applications may be reconsidered

|March 17th, 2021|

The DOL is delaying the wage increase established in the waning days of the Trump administration for H-1B visa workers, while USCIS said it may reconsider rejected H-1B applications in light of rescinded policy memos.
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Regulatory update: Joint employer rule and IC test formally withdrawn

|March 17th, 2021|

The DOL announced proposals to formally withdraw the independent contractor final rule and the regulation determining joint employer status under the FLSA.
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House passes legislation codifying Browning, three-factor IC test

|March 10th, 2021|

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation that would affect several aspects of employment law, including independent contractor classification and joint employment.
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Regulatory update: Joint-employer rule and IC test

|March 3rd, 2021|

A proposed new regulation on joint employment status under the FLSA has gone to the White House for review. In addition, the DOL is delaying the effective date of its independent contractor classification test until May.
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Business owner enters guilty plea in IC misclassification criminal case

|February 24th, 2021|

A construction firm owner pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy to commit workers’ compensation fraud for misclassifying workers as independent contractors.
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DOL withdraws Trump-era gig worker opinion letter

|February 24th, 2021|

In a signal of increased scrutiny by the Biden administration of independent contractor classification, the DOL withdraws gig worker opinion letter.
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OSHA issues Covid-19 guidance for employers

|February 3rd, 2021|

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week issued stronger worker Covid-19 safety guidance, looking for employers to involve personnel with plans.

IC litigation: Amazon, Voice of America, Uber

|February 3rd, 2021|

Amazon settles with the FTC over driver wages. Independent contractors say Voice of America ignored a 2014 audit that found misclassification. Court grants class status to Uber drivers; ABC test to be applied.