Washington

Judge tosses U.S. Chamber lawsuit over Seattle’s Uber union law, but dispute isn’t over yet 

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  From  Geekwire,  Nat Levy reports that a Washington judge dismissed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lawsuit challenging Seattle’s law that allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.  Nat writes: Seattle’s first-of-its-kind unionization law for drivers of services like Uber and Lyft got a big win in court Tuesday when a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought…

Gig Economy Portable Benefits Bill Introduced In Washington State

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  From JDSupra, Richard Meneghello discusses a proposal in Washington that would create a system of portable benefits.  Richard writes: We’ve written before about a proposal in New York that would permit gig companies to pay into a benefit fund for workers allowing them freedom to develop portable benefits; now, Washington state is considering a similar concept.…

Transgender Video Game Industry Employee Converted to Independent Contractor Status Raises Misclassification and Discrimination Claims

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  From JDSupra, Richard J. Reibstein discusses a case in Washington in which an employee moved to another state and allegedly was required to be an independent contractor even though she was still performing the same duties she had been as an employee.  While the headline sparks interest by identifying the employee as transgender, this…

Dishonest contractors cheat their workers

From the The Bellingham Herald — “Fortunately, Washington is one of the states aggressively chasing the cheaters. Olympian reporter Melissa Santos found that in 2013 state Labor & Industries caught 14 percent of the nearly 4,000 employers it audited misclassifying workers. Although the state recovered the $12.7 million in unpaid workers’ compensation premiums, it sent only three…

Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference between an Independent Contractor and an Employee?

From the Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC — “Many small business owners would like to know when they can hire an “Independent Contractor” vs. an “Employee.” This article is a modest effort to help clear things up a bit. What IS an “Independent Contractor”? First and foremost, and Independent Contractor is a business just…

Wash. Court of Appeals Holds Independent Contractors Are Protected from Retaliation by the Wash. Law Against Discrimination

From Stoel Rives LLP via JDSupra — “[T]he Washington Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in Currier v. Northland Services, Inc., confirms that even those individuals who qualify as bona fide independent contractors will be deemed subject to the full protections of the Washington Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”), including protection from retaliation…. [T]he court confirmed that the WLAD’s prohibition…