MISCLASSIFICATION

Real Newspaper: Cheerleaders Not Legit Employees - Because Rich Athletes!

Real Newspaper: Cheerleaders Not Legit Employees  - Because Rich Athletes!
The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of being surrounded by men who earn on average $1.9 million in the NFL and $5 million in the NBA” and should thus shut their damsel traps.
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$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers.
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$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification

$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification
A federal judge in California has approved a settlement between Lowe’s Home Centers and a class of its home improvement contractors who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The maximum settlement amount in Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW is $6,500,000, depending on the number of contractors who file claims.
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Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims

Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims
Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
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$28M Cash Grab: Virginia Creates Taskforce Against Costly Misclassification and Payroll Fraud

$28M Cash Grab: Virginia Creates Taskforce Against Costly Misclassification and Payroll Fraud
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections. Executive Order 24 directs the state to create an interagency taskforce to help find ways to crack down on this costly practice.
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Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA

Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA
Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law. Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages, unemployment insurance premiums, penalties and fines following over one thousand investigations. Since its inception, the JTF has recovered over $56 million.
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The Truck Stops Here: Port Workers in CA Strike 'Indefinitely' Over Misclassification and Union Busting

The Truck Stops Here: Port Workers in CA Strike 'Indefinitely' Over Misclassification and Union Busting
California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations. Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.
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Pennsylvania’s 2011 Employee Misclassification Law Hasn’t Resulted in a Single Prosecution

Pennsylvania’s 2011 Employee Misclassification Law Hasn’t Resulted in a Single Prosecution
Awareness about employee misclassification is growing and with it new laws have been enacted. But enacting a law and enforcing one are two different things, as demonstrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of Pennsylvania effort to combat the workers’ rights issue. Act 72, which set standards for who can and cannot be labeled an independent contractor, went into effect in 2011 but has resulted in very few court cases.
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LA Port Strike Solidarity Actions Stretch to Georgia, Tides Turning on Misclassification

LA Port Strike Solidarity Actions Stretch to Georgia, Tides Turning on Misclassification
At the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, truck drivers yesterday began a two-day strike to protest poor working conditions, specifically the fact that nearly 90 percent of drayage truckers at the ports are misclassified as independent contractors. The strike could disrupt traffic and force International Longshore Workers Union members to decide if they want to cross a picket line to get to work.
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