California Supreme Court to Review Case with Significant Impact for Independent Contractors

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California Supreme Court to Review Case with Significant Impact for Independent Contractors
May 24th, 2017

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a controversial Court of Appeal decision which, if affirmed, could dramatically expand the definition of an employee in California. The Supreme Court’s opinion is expected to be significant for companies that want to engage independent contractors in California.

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Another FedEx Worker Misclassification Case Settled for $227 million
May 9th, 2017

Last week FedEx announced that it had reached a $227 million joint settlement of independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits across 19 states.

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Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Provides Insight on Independent Contractor Classification
March 28th, 2017

Our legal team is constantly monitoring the legal landscape for new legislation and court rulings which impact the contingent workforce, including a recent case in Connecticut concerning independent contractor classification.

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FedEx Delivers a $240 Million Settlement in IC Misclassification Lawsuits
June 21st, 2016

Last week FedEx announced that it had reached a settlement of independent contractor class action lawsuits in 20 states. The $240 million settlement was with its Ground Division drivers, and is still pending court approval. This settlement follows a $226 million dollar settlement announced last year, in the California class action against it.

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Court Ruling on Exotic Dancers Provides Important Reminders for Enterprise Buyers of Contingent Labor
June 16th, 2016

After reading that headline you might be asking yourself, “what on earth can an enterprise client learn from a strip club?” It is true that exotic dancers are not a category of worker that most organizations have to contend with, and to my knowledge is not one that any of TalentWave’s enterprise clients have ever […]

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“Direction and Control” Pivotal Factors in Classifying Orchestra Musicians as Employees, Not Independent Contractors
May 10th, 2016

Worker misclassification, specifically workers categorized as independent contractors who really should have been somebody’s employee, has become an almost daily front page news story. In a recent case a group of orchestra musicians were found to be employees and not independent contractors.

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Proposed Uber Settlement Will Allow Drivers to be Independent Contractors, for Now
April 22nd, 2016

Last night San Francisco-based Uber announced it has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that sought employee status and the rights that come with it for drivers. The proposed settlement will allow the company to keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees.

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Court Rejects $12 million Lyft Settlement – Claims Drivers Shortchanged
April 21st, 2016

Lyft, the on demand ride-sharing company will have to pay out more cash if the company wants to avoid going to trial over its drivers’ status as independent contractors. The company had reached a settlement agreement in February that allowed it keep its drivers classified as independent contractors.

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The Many Facets of Worker Misclassification
March 16th, 2016

Many companies that utilize independent workers believe worker misclassification is just an employer tax issue. The truth is there are many federal and state agencies who are very interested in proper worker classification in order to provide workers with the benefits and protections to which they would be entitled to as employees. A few examples […]

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Labor Commissioner Gets Five San Francisco Workers $50k Each in Back Pay
February 11th, 2016

Yesterday the California Labor Commissioner announced a $265,000 settlement on behalf of five workers who were found to be misclassified as independent contractors by a San Francisco-based house cleaning service. While the positions are not typically those found in enterprise contingent workforce programs, the case does illustrate the level of risk companies run when they misclassify […]

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Lyft Settles Worker Misclassification Lawsuit Without Having to Reclassify Drivers as Employees
February 2nd, 2016

Last week ride-sharing service Lyft Inc. agreed to pay $12.25 million in order to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of California drivers over their status as independent contractors and the handling of their expenses. Of significant note is the fact that it doesn’t require Lyft to change its business model which is heavily […]

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