Regulatory

Buyer to pay $90,000 civil penalty over refusal to hire women

|March 3rd, 2021|

In a settlement reached with a state human rights agency, a Minnesota manufacturer that refused to hire women applicants from an employment agency will pay a $90,000 civil penalty.
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UK Supreme Court: Uber drivers are employees

|March 3rd, 2021|

Uber Inc. lost a landmark legal case last month in the UK Supreme Court and must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed.
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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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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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Australian buyer and director fined for using unlicensed labor hire firms

|February 24th, 2021|

An Australian poultry processing plant and its director were fined AUD 150,000 (US$118,023) over the use of unlicensed labor hire companies. Offenses were uncovered during an investigation in 2019.
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Business groups seek guidance on vaccine incentives

|February 10th, 2021|

Businesses looking to incentivize workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them are seeking guidance from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on what is permissible, Bloomberg Law reports.

Denial rates for new H-1B petitions plummet

|February 3rd, 2021|

Court rulings against Trump policies on H-1B visas led to a marked decrease in denials for petitions.

IC classification: Put your house in order

|January 27th, 2021|

In light of California’s Supreme Court decision that the ABC test adopted in Dynamex, which led to Assembly Bill 5, can apply retroactively, review your worker classification methods for risk of noncompliance.

Biden directs OSHA to issue emergency Covid safety guidance

|January 27th, 2021|

President Biden signed an executive order directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue stronger safety guidance to protect workers from Covid-19 and to increase enforcement efforts.

Covid policies: Should programs require contingents get vaccinated?

|January 20th, 2021|

As the vaccination rollout for Covid-19 continues across the United States, contingent workforce program managers are paying close attention to the legal as well as the moral and ethical aspects of any vaccination policies they might develop.