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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.

New state employment laws taking effect in 2021

|November 11th, 2020|

Attorneys from law firm Littler Mendelson cataloged employment laws slated to go into effect next year, including several pertaining to the contingent workforce.

New state employment laws taking effect in 2021

|November 10th, 2020|

Attorneys from law firm Littler Mendelson cataloged employment laws slated to go into effect next year, including several pertaining to the contingent workforce.

H-1B visa selection: DHS looks to replace lottery system with a wage-based process

|November 4th, 2020|

The US Department of Homeland Security has proposed changing the H-1B selection process to prioritize wage levels rather than the current lottery-based system when registrations exceed the visa cap.

Appeals Court affirms Uber & Lyft’s California drivers are employees; fate in voters’ hands

|October 28th, 2020|

Should voters reject a bid to overturn California’s AB 5 law on Nov. 3, Uber and Lyft must reclassify their drivers as employees if they stay in the state.

Louisiana sees mixed misclassification legislative activity

|October 21st, 2020|

The Louisiana House has turned back a bill that would increase fines on businesses that misclassify workers; a senate bill seeks to increase misclassification investigations.

US creates $150 million training program for H-1B occupations

|September 30th, 2020|

The US Department of Labor announced a $150 million grant program to invest in training in middle- to high-skilled H-1B occupations.

Senators call for GAO to report on contingent workforce

|September 23rd, 2020|

Two Democratic senators last week urged the US Government Accountability Office to report on companies’ increased use of subcontracted and contingent workers.

NY judge strikes down DOL co-employment rule

|September 16th, 2020|

A federal district court in New York struck down a significant portion of the DOL’s new standard for establishing joint-employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ninth circuit: Doctor is an IC, can’t sue for discrimination

|August 19th, 2020|

The Ninth Circuit ruled last week that a doctor was an independent contractor and thus not protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Security guard companies owe more than $900,000 to misclassified ICs

|July 29th, 2020|

Four security guard companies in Puerto Rico and their principals owe $715,685 in back wages and damages for FLSA violations in IC misclassification case.