Pro-Independent Contractor Bill Introduced in Washington 

From Luxury Travel Advisor,  Matt Turner  reports that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21st) introduced a bill that would provide clear and consistent rules for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Matt writes: While plenty of focus in recent weeks has been spent combating California Assembly Bill (AB) 5, which would drastically change the host travel agency…

Employers Beware! Government Agencies Are Out To Bust You For Misclassifying Your Employees As Independent Contractors

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From  Jaburg Wilk,  David N. Farren discusses risks of misclassification of workers and provides an excellent overview of the FLSA “Economic Reality” test, the Title VII common law Agency test, the IRS 20-factors test, and Arizona’s right to control test. David writes: Arizona’s “Right to Control” Test Arizona courts and state agencies use a “right…

Michigan attorney general takes on persistent yet little-known crime wave: Wage theft

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From the Daily Kos, Dawn R Wolfe discusses Michigan Attorney General’s initiative to address misclassification. Dawn writes: In April, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the creation of a Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to tackle the problem of businesses that steal from their employees and their communities. Earlier this month, Nessel’s office announced that it was getting…

Agreement to Arbitrate Acknowledged, Not Accepted, Eighth Circuit Says 

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From Barnes & Thornburg LLC, Peter J. Wozniak and Mark Wallin discuss a recent case that said an arbitration agreement in an employee handbook was not enforceable under Missouri law. Peter and Mark write: In Shockley v. PrimeLending, the Eighth Circuit agreed with the district court that the applicable arbitration and delegation provisions contained in the employee handbook…