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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.

Instacart loses arbitration bid in IC misclassification case

|May 25th, 2022|

In its misclassification case against the grocery delivery app, San Diego does not “stand in the shoes” of workers and thus is not bound to their arbitration agreement, an appeals court ruled. San Diego asserts unfair competitive advantage.
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DOL appeals reinstatement of Trump-era IC rule

|May 18th, 2022|

The US Department of Labor is appealing a Texas federal judge’s order blocking the withdrawal of a Trump-era rule that makes it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors.
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Walmart lands rare IC misclassification victory

|May 11th, 2022|

US Court of Appeals ruled Walmart was acting in good faith when it treated a worker as an IC, sparing the retail giant from California pay penalties.
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Australia: Contracts, not behavior, determine worker classification

|May 4th, 2022|

Australia’s High Court rules contract terms prevail over a “multifactorial” test to determine independent contractor versus employee status.
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Nintendo and staffing supplier hit with labor complaint

|April 27th, 2022|

The NLRB is investigating a complaint that Nintendo and its staffing provider allegedly terminated a contractor over unionization activities. The video game maker denies knowledge of union activities.
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Staffing executives charged with H-1B visa fraud

|April 20th, 2022|

Defendants applied for H-1B visas naming client companies but assigned the workers to different firms that paid more than $2.5 million for the resources.
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Canada enhances Temporary Foreign Worker Program

|April 20th, 2022|

Canada announced enhancements to its Temporary Foreign Worker Program as part of an ongoing effort to meet the country’s labor market needs.
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IC roundup: Misclassification and the NLRB; franchises and the ABC test

|April 6th, 2022|

The National Labor Relations Board reexamines independent contractor misclassification; Massachusetts’ ABC IC test applies to franchise relationships.
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Despite $18 million settlement, Activision’s sexual harassment ails continue

|March 30th, 2022|

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard settled a sexual harassment case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but faces an ongoing case that includes contingent workers and a new lawsuit.
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Contingent worker hits Comcast, staffing supplier with wage claims

|March 30th, 2022|

Comcast and its staffing supplier, Robert Half, face a potential class action suit for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to contingents working as incident managers.
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