$6.5 Million Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement Between Lowe’s and Its Home Improvement Contractors

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  From the  Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Legal Blog — “On Friday, May 23, 2014, Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to settle a class action brought by its home improvement contractors who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. The maximum settlement amount, depending on the number of contractors who file claims, is…

How To Become Self-Employed

From Dream It, Plan it, Do it — “It is no easy task to become self-employed. On the contrary, it can be very daunting, but rewarding. Even so, there are countless people in the world who want to learn how to become self-employed. The rewards of learning how to be self-employed are many. Self- employment…

Arizona firm pays $600K in IC case; taking steps to prevent misclassification

From Staffing Industry Analysts — “An Arizona drywall contractor agreed to pay $556,000 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to at least 445 current and former employees who had been misclassified as independent contractors by a staffing provider, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday. Paul Johnson Drywall Inc. will also take steps to ensure…

Worker Misclassification: How Job Titles Affect Workers’ Comp And Other Benefits

From the Digital Journal — “United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx Ground are major competitors in the U.S. package delivery service. UPS’ iconic brown and FedEx Ground’s navy blue uniforms are familiar to millions of people. For the delivery drivers, differences between the companies go much further than the color of the uniform. UPS considers its…

Rhode Island considering changes to worker classification regulations

  From  ICon Professional Services’ Blog — “The Rhode Island state legislature is considering a bill that would create uncertainty regarding the status of all independent contractors in the state, and many are concerned with the implications. Senate bill 2409, as it is known, would require the status of a worker to be determined by the Rhode Island…