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New bill allows Uber, Lyft to self regulate | WFAA.com

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  WFAA reports that new legislation in Texas that prevents cities from regulating Uber or Lyft and classifies drivers as independent contractors.  WFAA reports: Effective immediately, the City of Dallas and other cities such as Austin and Houston can no longer regulate Uber or Lyft or any ride share company operating in their city limits.…

Texas Urged to Crack Down on Employers That Misclassify Workers

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From Texas Exes, Julian Aguilar writes about efforts in Texas strengthen laws that prohibit the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  He reports that strengthening the laws could prevent thousands of undocumented immigrants from working in the state’s construction industry which, builders claim, would drive up the cost of homes for Texas home-buyers.  Julian writes:…

Texas House Panel finds that worker misclassification “compromises free markets” and promotes “lawlessness”

From Texas GOP Vote — this is a post that shares the findings the Texas House Business and Industry Committee.  While it is common for Democrats to support legislation that protects workers from being misclassified as independent contractors, it is less likely for Republicans to be involved in this issue.  Not in Texas.  The Texas GOP Vote…

Costs of an Employee Vs. Independent Contractor

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From the Houston Chronicle — “Employee Costs In April 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that employer costs for employee compensation averaged $29.71 per hour, with wages accounting for 69.6 percent and benefits averaging 30.4 percent of the total employee cost. They found that civilian employer costs, including private industry and government workers, averaged…

Bill Filed to Crack Down on Worker Misclassification in Texas Construction Industry

From Texas GOP Vote — “Far too often, construction companies cheat taxpayers and their workers by pretending their employees are independent subcontractors when, by law, they should be paid as employees. It’s a practice known as worker misclassification. Some ethical contractors have called it a “cancer that is eating at the heart of our industry.”…

Texas business, labor interests team to push for reforms

From the News Tribune –  ” An unlikely alliance between business and labor advocacy groups is pushing business-friendly Texas to adopt state and local reforms in order to bust private companies that cheat on taxes owed to the federal government on public projects. The contracting scheme is used by construction companies that mislabel workers as…

Key to maintaining contractor status: Don’t exert too much control over the work

From Business Management Daily — “There’s a fine line between spelling out expectations and unduly controlling exactly how contractors and subcontractors do their jobs. If you use too heavy a hand, those workers you consider to be independent contractors can morph into employees. And that can mean expensive litigation. Recent case: Contina worked as an…

“Independent Contractor” vs. “Employee” – Has Your Company Made the Right Call?

From the Amarillo Globe-News — “The IRS advises the relationship of the worker and the business must be examined in order to determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the common law.  In any employee-independent contractor determination, all information that provides evidence of the degree of control and the degree of independence…

Mislabeling construction workers as contractors draws federal scrutiny

From the Houston Chronicle — “Betty Campbell, the Labor Department’s deputy regional administrator for wage and hour in Dallas…said the pervasive practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors deprives them of the right to earn minimum wage and overtime as well as protection offered by such federal laws as the Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans…