Federal Legislation Introduced to Advance Portable Benefits for Independent Workers

Federal Legislation Introduced to Advance Portable Benefits for Independent Workers
June 7th, 2017

In late May, US Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) and US Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington) introduced legislation designed to test and evaluate portable benefit models designed for the independent workforce. The legislation proposes to establish a grant fund to incentivize states, localities and nonprofit organizations to experiment with portable benefits models.

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New York City Law Imposes Additional Requirements for Companies That Contract with Freelancers
May 31st, 2017

New York City’s Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, has been widely covered in the media. This law, one of the first in the nation aimed at protecting wage payment rights of freelance workers, became effective May 15, 2017.

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New Demand from the On Demand Worker: A Collective Voice
April 11th, 2016

Where the demand exists, the organization is bound to follow. This could be part of the mantra that has successfully launched gig economy platforms Like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. Many of these apps have grown strong on an Independent Contractor-rich diet. Despite the stated benefits, many on-demand workers are now demanding something more: a unified voice to bargain with the companies whose apps they serve.

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Too Many Employers in the Kitchen? The NLRB doesn’t think so!
September 3rd, 2015

Last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) chose to look past their standard joint employer rules which have been in place since the 1980s and instead decided to redefine who should be considered a workers employer.

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“Payroll Fraud Prevention Act” is Reintroduced in Congress
August 6th, 2015

Just weeks after the US Department of Labor issued a sweeping Administrator’s Interpretation that essentially said “most workers are employees” a bill focused on worker misclassification has been reintroduced in Congress.

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North Carolina Legislators Pushing to Curtail Independent Contractor Misclassification
July 28th, 2015

States continue to push forward with legislation designed to eliminate independent contractor misclassification. The latest example is North Carolina, where there are two proposed bills, SB 694 and HB 482, which are currently working their way through the legislative process. The fundamental issue they are trying to eliminate is companies who classify workers as independent […]

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The New Overtime Proposal: What Does It Mean?
July 1st, 2015

On Tuesday, June 30th, the US Department of Labor (DOL) finally published their proposed Overtime Exemption changes for public comment. According to the DOL, this proposal, if approved as is, would result in approximately 5 million workers becoming eligible for overtime pay who were considered exempt from overtime before.

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Some Strong Headwinds for the 1099 Economy
June 30th, 2015

In the past weeks FedEx agreed to a $228 million settlement for independent contractor misclassification, and the California Labor Commission found an Uber driver was an employee. Both of these outcomes signal strong headwinds for the 1099 economy.

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Two IC Misclassification Cases – Two Potentially Different Outcomes
May 20th, 2015

Worker classification remains a hot topic today, and is definitely causing a ruckus across multiple industries. But one significant industry has two high profile cases worth investigating further. Massachusetts has one of the most stringent misclassification laws regarding Independent Contractors. For that reason, it is interesting to note that in an April 21, 2015decision, Sebago, […]

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New Hampshire Tightens Temp Worker Regulations
June 20th, 2014

“Temp Workers Right to Know Law” Extended with Greater Reach House Bill 1189 was recently introduced in New Hampshire to protect temporary employees, including independent contractors (ICs) and W-2 workers from falling prey to deceptive practices by questionable staffing and recruiting companies. HB 1189 would require that agencies provide in writing wages, descriptions and locations […]

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Proposed IC Misclassification Bill Officially Introduced
May 18th, 2014

Congress Quietly Announces Bill with Expanded Requirements to Protect Contract Workers In November, TalentWave reported on the proposed Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014, similar to the acts introduced in 2011 and 2013. At the time the bill had been introduced at a Senate Subcommittee meeting. Nearly six months later and without fanfare, Congress officially announced […]

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