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Alaska Legislators, industry, work out independent contractor definition

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  From Alaska Journal, Tim Bradner discusses the process and negotiation by legislators and state administration resulting in a bill with a new definition of an independent contractor. Definition of independent contractor under HB 79 (11) a person is an independent contractor for the purposes of this chapter only if the person (A) has an express contract…

Labor, business disagree over workers’ compensation reform 

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  From the Charlotte Observer, the Associated Press reports on Alaska’s efforts to simplify the classification of a worker as an employee or independent contractor.  It writes: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is sponsoring workers’ compensation legislation aimed at making it easier to determine whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. Walker’s bill creates…

Lawmakers press ahead with Uber legislation

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  From KTOO Public Media, Caroline Halter reports on an effort to bring Uber to Alaska with new legislation.  Caroline writes: Ride-sharing company Uber left Alaska in 2015, agreeing not to return until a state law was in place that exempted the company from paying workers’ compensation insurance for its drivers. Now, three state legislators are leading…

AK Bill would define independent contractors, reform worker’s compensations system

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  From the Penisula Clarion, Elizabeth Earl discusses proposed legislation that would change definition of independent contractor as part of an effort to reform the workers compensation system.  Elizabeth writes: The state is trying to combat employee misclassification by tightening the reins on definitions of independent contractors versus employees. Independent contractors work on a freelance…

Uber and the Battle Over Workers’ Comp

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    From IWPharmacy, Danielle Jaffee discusses how Uber’s classification of its drivers as independent contractors affects drivers ability to obtain workers compensation benefits.  Danielle reviews what has happened in California and Alaska and describes a unique approach that New York has adopted.  Danielle writes: For example, in 2015 after facing an investigation by Alaska regarding…

Alaska joins DOL Misclassification Initiative 

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The United States Department of Labor announced that it signed an agreement with Alaska to cooperate in reducing misclassication of workers as independent contractors instead of employees.  The announcement states: Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect…