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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.

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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Virginia task force issues IC misclassification recommendations, suggests more teeth

|December 4th, 2019|

Virginia’s task force on worker misclassification and payroll fraud issued a report outlining recommendations to combat misclassification.
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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.
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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.
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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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