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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.

IC compliance: Courier company to pay $575,000 in wages, penalties

|October 5th, 2022|

A courier service that allegedly misclassified 62 drivers as independent contractors will pay $575,000 in back wages and liquidated damages and ensure future FLSA compliance at all its US locations.
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Amazon sues Washington state agency over warehouse safety citations

|October 5th, 2022|

Amazon has sued the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, saying the state’s process for addressing allegations of serious workplace safety problems violates the due process clause of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, GeekWire reported.
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U-turn ahead: UK to repeal IR35 reforms

|September 28th, 2022|

The UK is fulfilling its new prime minister’s promise to scrap IR35 off-payroll working rules. While welcome news, experts urge caution from employers and push for clear government guidance.
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Truckers’ AB 5 fight lives on; judge allows another association to intervene

|September 28th, 2022|

The California Trucking Association’s lawsuit against the application of California’s AB 5 to the trucking industry continues, and a federal judge has ruled that another party can intervene in the case despite the state’s objections, FreightWaves reports. 
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ABC test applies to wage theft cases

|September 21st, 2022|

The third circuit recently ruled that in wage theft cases brought by your contingent workers, the ABC test applies, JD Supra reported. Pay attention to who your ICs hire.
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Franchisor status no defense against IC misclassification claim

|August 31st, 2022|

A franchise relationship is not a defense against independent contractor misclassification claims, according to a ruling earlier this month by a California court, JD Supra reported.
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Company uses staffing firm to avoid overtime costs, owes $2.4 million

|August 24th, 2022|

A home health provider split employees’ hours with a staffing firm to avoid paying overtime wages, a federal court finds; the companies’ owners are ordered to pay $2.4 million.
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IC roundup: Shared liability; Separate businesses not enough

|August 10th, 2022|

A hospital shares liability for an emergency room surgeon’s negligence, despite independent contractor classification. A worker’s establishment as a business is not enough to confirm IC classification.
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Court sends Browning-Ferris back to NLRB

|August 3rd, 2022|

A US circuit court ruled the National Relations Labor Board in 2020 improperly applied its standard to conclude that Browning-Ferris Industries wasn’t a joint employer.
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Michigan court nullifies state’s compromise wage and paid leave laws

|July 27th, 2022|

Michigan’s legislature violated the state’s constitution when it overhauled paid leave and minimum wages laws in a lame-duck session, attorneys with Littler Mendelson wrote. If the ruling stands, independent contractors and temporary workers would be entitled to paid sick leave.
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