Regulatory

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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Labor Department withdrawing Independent Contractor Rule

|May 5th, 2021|

The US Department of Labor today announced plans to withdraw the Independent Contractor Rule — preserving workers’ rights — finalized in January.
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Appeals court overturns AB 5 injunction, rules California truckers not ICs

|May 5th, 2021|

A federal appeals court ruled that truck drivers in California should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors, overturning an injunction that stopped the trucking industry from coming under Assembly Bill 5, California’s get-tough law on independent contractor misclassification.
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IR35: Next steps in your journey

|May 5th, 2021|

With IR35 now in effect for the private sector in the UK, businesses are responsible for determining the tax status of their contractors and ensuring compliance. A blog post in the Staffing Stream discusses the next steps for CW program.
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Biden sets $15 minimum wage for federal contractors

|April 28th, 2021|

President Biden issued an executive order raising to $15 the minimum wage for work done on federal contracts. The wage currently is $10.95.
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