Regulatory

California courts rebuff attempts to push arbitration when PAGA involved

|May 12th, 2021|

A California law allowing individuals to sue on behalf of the state is thwarting companies’ efforts to force misclassification claims into arbitration, Bloomberg Tax reported.
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Labor Department withdrawing Independent Contractor Rule

|May 5th, 2021|

The US Department of Labor today announced plans to withdraw the Independent Contractor Rule — preserving workers’ rights — finalized in January.
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Appeals court overturns AB 5 injunction, rules California truckers not ICs

|May 5th, 2021|

A federal appeals court ruled that truck drivers in California should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors, overturning an injunction that stopped the trucking industry from coming under Assembly Bill 5, California’s get-tough law on independent contractor misclassification.
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IR35: Next steps in your journey

|May 5th, 2021|

With IR35 now in effect for the private sector in the UK, businesses are responsible for determining the tax status of their contractors and ensuring compliance. A blog post in the Staffing Stream discusses the next steps for CW program.
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Biden sets $15 minimum wage for federal contractors

|April 28th, 2021|

President Biden issued an executive order raising to $15 the minimum wage for work done on federal contracts. The wage currently is $10.95.
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Visa update: Homeland Security increases H-2B allotment for temporary seasonal labor

|April 28th, 2021|

The Department of Homeland Security last week announced a supplemental increase of 22,000 visas for the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker program; 6,000 of these visas will be reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
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Closing the pay gap

|April 21st, 2021|

Gender pay inequality has been a longstanding issue that Equal Pay Day is meant to bring to light. With the pandemic setting women back, there’s much work to be done worldwide.
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Washington state mandates temp training, buyer/provider coordination

|April 21st, 2021|

A new law in Washington state, meant to prevent injuries to temporary workers, requires increased communication between staffing agencies and worksite employers to close safety and training gaps, Washington State Wire reports.
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IC Classification roundup: AB 5 not retroactive; US Supreme Court to weigh in on Uber case?

|April 14th, 2021|

A California company successfully argued the state’s ABC test should not have applied to its IC classification case. Uber asks the US Supreme Court to enter driver classification fray.
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Google union reports NLRB settlement; contingent worker’s suspension rescinded

|April 7th, 2021|

A union aiming to represent both contingent and full-time workers at Google announced a settlement last week in a National Labor Relations Board claim against Google and its staffing provider.
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