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Could 2020 Be The Year Of The California Copycats? Other States Line Up To Consider Misclassification Statutes

From Mondaq, Richard R. Meneghello discusses the possibility that California’s ABC test will be adopted by other states. Richard writes: Now, several other states have decided that they may want to consider adopting their own versions of the ABC test in the next legislative session. While we are still months away from the 2020 legislative…

Proposed bills threaten business for hairdressers, salon owners 

From the Auburn Reporter, Julee Broberg argues against changes to laws classifying workers as employees or independent contractors without reviewing how they might affect hairdressers and salon owners. Julee writes:  Intermediary employees. Contributing agents. Worker wage boards. This is the gobbledygook that hairdressers and salon owners like my wife, Julee, are trying to make sense of…

Oregon courier service to pay $3.2 million in driver IC misclassification case

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, reports that a courier service in Oregon misclassified drivers and was required to pay $3.2 million for damages. SIA reports: A federal court ordered the owner of a Portland, Ore.-based courier service to pay $3.2 million for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime…

Judge sides with city of Seattle in legal dispute with Uber over historic driver unionization law 

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  From Geekwire, Nat Levy discusses a judge’s decision to uphold the Seattle ordinance that allows drivers to organize.  Nat writes: A King County judge today rejected a request from Uber subsidiary Rasier to block several key provisions of Seattle’s historic law that lets drivers for ride-hailing companies decide if they want to bargain collectively. The decision represents a…

Carrier wins classification suit involving leased owner-operators

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    From CCJ, James Jaillet discusses a recent decision in which the owner-operator-drivers were allegedly to be misclassified as independent contractors but the court agreed with the original classification.  James writes: A three-judge panel for the Oregon Court of Appeals said in their July 20 decision that per Oregon law’s four-part test for determining…

Oregon joins Department of Labor’s IC misclassification fight

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    From Staffing Industry Analysts, news that the US Department of Labor signed a memorandum of understanding with Oregon, making it the 29th state to sign a similar agreement. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Labor to combat workers’ misclassification as independent…

Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. City of Seattle

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  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it filed a lawsuit challenging the Seattle ordinance that allows for-hire drivers to organize as a union.  The Chamber’s announcement states: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to challenge a Seattle ordinance that authorizes union…

Oregon Supreme Court Case Reminds Businesses about the Complexity of Independent Contractor Classification

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From JDSupra, Douglas Parker and Brian Weeks discuss the recent Oregon Supreme Court case in which taxicab drivers were found to be employees.   Source: Oregon Supreme Court Case Reminds Businesses about the Complexity of Independent Contractor Classification | Littler – JDSupra Related posts: Oregon court reverses ALJ and finds maintenance workers to be independent contractors From Wolters Kluwer…

Your Uber driver should be an independent contractor: Bloomberg View 

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From Oregon Live, Justin Fox proposes that Uber drivers should be independent workers — a new type of worker that is neither an employee nor independent contractor.  Justin writes: Several other countries already have an in-between classification of “dependent contractor.” These generally seem to be people who do their work for one organization, though, so…

Broadway Cab loses ‘independent contractor’ case before Oregon Supreme Court 

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From  OregonLive.com, George Rede reports that the Oregon Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, said that taxicab drivers were employees and not independent contractors.  George writes: In a unanimous opinion, the court held that the drivers in question “performed services for Broadway for remuneration” and therefore the company owes taxes on their wages during 2008 and 2009.…