Regulatory

Kentucky buyer faces H-2A program debarment over violations

|June 16th, 2021|

A Kentucky tobacco and hemp farm will pay $39,186 for violations of the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program and is debarred from the program for three years, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division reported.
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EEOC allows Covid-19 vaccine requirements, incentives

|June 9th, 2021|

Recently updated Covid-19 guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addresses vaccination incentives and how to provide accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other regulations.
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UK to create watchdog to protect workers’ rights

|June 9th, 2021|

A new watchdog group will be created to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on workplace abuse, the UK government announced this week.
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Gig workers: Europe explores social, other protections

|May 26th, 2021|

The European Commission in February began its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labor is governed by digital platforms.
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IR35: Contractors to dispute employee status

|May 26th, 2021|

Half of freelancers surveyed plan to challenge their classification as ‘employed for tax purposes,’ The Financial Times reported.
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Additional 22,000 H-2B visas now available

|May 26th, 2021|

The US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Labor issued a joint temporary final rule that provides additional temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas to employers for the second half of the federal fiscal year.
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Covid death leads to citations for buyer, staffing firms

|May 26th, 2021|

The California Department of Industrial Relations cited Foster Poultry Farms Inc. and four staffing providers for Covid-19 violations at a location in Livingston, California.
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US Supreme Court turns back Uber appeal; driver case lives on

|May 19th, 2021|

The US Supreme Court on May 17 declined to hear what would have been its first foray into the proper classification of gig economy workers. Uber had appealed a ruling that revived a case against it.
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H-1B wage-hike rule delayed 18 months

|May 19th, 2021|

The US Department of Labor announced May 13 an 18-month delay to the rule published in the final days of the Trump administration affecting the wages for certain workers on H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant visas.
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California courts rebuff attempts to push arbitration when PAGA involved

|May 12th, 2021|

A California law allowing individuals to sue on behalf of the state is thwarting companies’ efforts to force misclassification claims into arbitration, Bloomberg Tax reported.
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