Minneapolis Council wants to expand wage theft protections to gig workers, independent contractors 

From MinnPost,  Jessica Lee reports on efforts by Minneapolis City Council members to protect workers classified as independent contractors. Jessica writes: Council members Steve Fletcher (Ward 3) and Linea Palmisano (Ward 13) are developing a set of new guidelines to give Minneapolis’ Department of Civil Rights authority to help for-hire workers — think construction crews, app-based workers, freelance artists, handymen or other gig…

MI Legislation: Wage Theft, Independent Contractors, Noncompetes

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From The National Law Review, Christopher Mikula review proposed legislation in Michigan includes a bill to adopt the ABC test for classifying workers as independent contractors and imposing additional penalties for misclassifying workers. Chris writes: The new legislation would make employee-friendly modifications to several Michigan statutes, including the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act (PWFBA),…

Lawmakers: Misclassifying workers costing millions in revenue 

Pennsylvania

From The Intelligencer, Chris English reports on the efforts of Pennsylvania legislators to strengthen the laws governing misclassification of workers as independent contractors or employees. Chris writes: Misuse of the independent contractor designation for workers, primarily in the construction industry, is costing the state and federal governments a combined total of about $300 million in…

Misclassifying Workers No Longer Constitutes An Unfair Labor Practice 

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From JDSupra, Regina Petty and Grant Wills discuss a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that said misclassifying workers as independent contractors does not constitute an unfair labor practice. Regina and Grant write: Employers found to have misclassified employees as independent contractors will no longer face the prospect of unfair labor practice…

AB5, based on California’s Dynamex court decision, moves one step closer to law 

California

From the Los Angeles Times, Margot Roosevelt, Liam Dillon, and Johana Bhuiyan  report that the California bill that adopts the ABC test for classifying workers is moving towards passage in the California Assembly. They write: A measure to curb the widespread use of independent contractors across the California economy moved closer to final passage in…