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…

9th Circuit Shows No Affinity For Independent Contractor Status In Delivery Drivers

From Mondaq Employment and HR “In Ruiz v. Affinity Logistics Corporation, the Court of Appeals rejected the district court’s conclusion that Affinity’s drivers were independent contractors, a decision the district court had reached based on the fact that the drivers had established their own businesses, obtained their own Employee Identification Numbers, signed independent contractor agreements, and…

Tenn. Labor Department Expands Efforts To Uncover Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors

From the Chattanoogan.com — “The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.” These…

Lawsuit alleges Uber misclassifies workers as independent contractors

From The Boston Globe — “The suit filed Thursday in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston by Shannon Liss-Riordan, who has won major labor lawsuits representing Starbucks baristas, house cleaners, skycaps, and exotic dancers, accuses Uber of misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors to avoid paying them the same as employees with benefits. The suit also accuses…