GIg Economy Workers Deserve Benefits

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  From Fortune,  Monica Stonier, a Washington state representative, makes a case for offering benefits to independent workers.  Monica writes: From Amazon(AMZN, -0.42%) and Microsoft(MSFT, +1.13%) to Expedia(EXPE, -0.39%) and Intel(INTC, +0.85%) , my home state of Washington is headquarters to many of the world’s leading technology firms. The tech industry is the one of the largest employers in the state—an engine that is…

Calif. Labor Commissioner Sides with Drivers on XPO Driver Wage and Hour Claims

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  From Top Class Actions, Tamara Burns discusses the cases of alleged misclassification in California of drivers.  Tarama writes: Earlier this year, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that several drivers classified as independent contractors by XPO Logistics were misclassified, according to an article by PR Newswire. The Labor Commission granted awards to four port and rail drivers,…

Court Presses Pause On Uber Misclassification Cases, Awaiting SCOTUS Ruling On Class Waivers 

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  From JDSupra, Richard Meneghello discusses the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ pause on misclassification pending the Supreme Court’s decision on class action waivers.  Richard writes: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently placed a temporary halt on the ongoing misclassification litigation against Uber, pointing out that it would make sense to wait for a key Supreme…

Independent Contractor Status And The ABC Test

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  From JDSupra, Mark Tabakman discusses a recent New Jersey case in which pyrotechnicians were determined to be independent contractors.  Mark writes: I have handled almost 100 unemployment insurance audits by the New Jersey DOL, where the underlying gravamen is that certain individuals are or are not independent contractors. The Auditors enforce the law very strictly and…