Court Finds Sacramento Bee Misclassified Employees as Independent Contractors

From insurancenewsnet.com — “The Superior Court for the County of Sacramento held that the Sacramento Bee owned by the McClatchy Company misclassified its newspaper carriers as independent contractors when in fact they were employees.  This decision arose in a class action entitled Sawin v. The McClatchy Company, Case Number 34-2009-00033950.  This decision issued on September 22,…

Employers face crackdown over worker misclassification

From the Employee Benefit News — “Since the onset of the recession, there has been a surge in worker misclassification litigation and enforcement against employers that are trying to effectively manage their finances, but are incorrectly classifying their workers. There is also concern around the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which may make misclassifications a tempting alternative…

I quit! Why more than one-third of the U.S. workforce is going freelance

From the StarTribune.com,  Molly Priesmeyer writes “…part of the reason freelancers have become the newest, growing workforce is because the economy tanked. Unemployment rose during the recent recession, peaking at about 10 percent in 2009. There simply weren’t enough jobs to be had. As job insecurity reached a fevered pitch, people were forced to diversify their income portfolio…

FAAAA May Preempt Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

From Mondaq.com — “In its lawsuit, the MDA argued that converting drivers from independent contractors to employees would dramatically impact the prices, routes and services motor carrier companies offer customers.  In addition to increasing motor carrier companies’ costs, which would increase prices charged to customers, routes and services would be impacted because drivers treated as…