Ohio

Three US states have already blessed Uber’s independent contractor employment model

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From Quartz, Alison Griswold reports that three states — North Carolina, Arkansas and Indiania — have pass laws that require Uber drivers be classified as independent contractors.  Alison writes: Uber has spent much of this year lobbying for legislation that accommodates their peer-to-peer ride operations. Those efforts have largely paid off: To date, more than 25…

Misclassifying workers can cause tax woes

From Cincinnati.com: “Advantages of hiring an employee • The hourly wage for an employee is usually less than what you would pay an independent contractor or freelancer for the same work because you are providing job security. • As a business owner you wear several hats. You can delegate tasks to an employee on a…

Senator Sherrod Brown – Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

From the  registerherald.com — “To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax. This practice, which occurs across several…

Stricter definition of ‘employee’ sought in Ohio

From The Akron Legal News — “State Reps. Debbie Phillips and Denise Driehaus are stumping for the passage of a bill that would carve out a general uniform definition of employee for specified labor laws. House Bill 347, also known as the Honest Employer Protection Act, would replace the definition of employee in the Minimum Fair Wages…

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants to close worker classification loopholes

From the  Mansfield News Journal | mansfieldnewsjournal.com — “By classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees under federal tax law, employers can avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, Brown said. Workers classified as independent contractors also are denied the protection of critical labor laws, including minimum wage and overtime rules and the right…