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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.

Canada mulls major temp foreign worker policy changes

|July 28th, 2021|

The Canadian government is proposing major changes to the rules for temporary foreign workers to address existing gaps in worker protections and strengthen program integrity.
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Lowe’s wins bid to enforce arbitration in worker misclassification case

|July 21st, 2021|

An independent installer’s misclassification case against the home improvement retailer must be handled through arbitration, a US District Court ruled last week.
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Truckers to take case against AB 5 to US Supreme Court

|June 30th, 2021|

An injunction against California’s AB 5 law remains in effect as a trucking association appeals its case to the US Supreme Court, Land Line reports.
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Amazon loses bid to enforce arbitration in IC misclassification lawsuit

|June 23rd, 2021|

The US Supreme Court declined to review a First Circuit ruling that Amazon’s delivery drivers in Massachusetts are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and cannot be forced into arbitration. The drivers can now take their misclassification case to court.
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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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Seattle passes independent contractor regulations despite stakeholder concerns

|June 16th, 2021|

The Seattle City Council passed an independent contractors bill that “goes far beyond” what a key stakeholder initially recommended, Seattle City Council Insights reports.
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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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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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DOL sued over IC rule reversal

|May 26th, 2021|

Four business groups sued the Labor Department over its “arbitrarily, capricious” delay and subsequent reversal of Trump’s independent contractor final rule.
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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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