Are independent contractors a smaller percentage of workers? BLS data in context

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  Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) provides excellent comments about the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) recent data that shows that 6.9% of the workforce were independent contractors. In 2014, Justin Fox reviewed the challenges of the various of measuring the independent workforce in Where Are All the Self-Employed Workers? including the challenge of multiple definitions for what it…

1 In 10 Workers Is An Independent Contractor, Labor Department Says 

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  From NPR, Yuki Noguchi reports on recent U.S. Department of Labor statistics on independent workers. Yuki writes: For years, various reports have indicated that the contract workforce is growing rapidly in the U.S. On Thursday, the Labor Department poured a bucket of cold water on that notion. It released a report showing contract workers make up a slightly…

Arbitration Provisions With Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable…Now What? A Guide For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Counsel On The Practical Implications Of This “Epic” Decision

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  From Mondaq, Ingrid A. Beattie and Jennifer R. Budof offer guidance following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold class action waivers in arbitration agreements.  They write: For employers that already have agreements containing arbitration as the selected means of dispute resolution, the question is whether to now include a class or collective action waiver either by (1) explicitly…

Is It “Time’s Up” For Arbitrating Employment Matters In New York?

  From Lexology, Samantha Rosa, Nicolle L. Jacoby and Alan D. Berkowitz discuss recent changes in New York that may limit the use of arbitration agreements.  Arbitration agreements can limit an employer’s risk in engaging with independent contractors if they contain a class action waiver. Samantha, Nicolle and Alan write: Under pre-existing provisions of the New York State Human…

Of Elephants and Mouseholes: Supreme Court Holds Employers Can Lawfully Require Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements 

  From Lexology, Erin Norris Bass discusses the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of class action waivers in arbitration agreements. By including a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement with an independent contractor, a company can minimize its risks of a class action lawsuit alleging the misclassification of workers. Erin writes: The Court…