Addressing wage theft, misclassification

From TheGazette — “Worker misclassification is “becoming, unfortunately, more and more prevalent,” said Catherine Ruckelshaus, general counsel and program director with the National Employment Law Project based in New York. Though misclassification has long-been a problem in the construction industry she added that it is beginning to pop up in retail. Depending on how a worker is…

Two janitorial companies to pay more than $1.5 million for worker misclassification

From Transportation, Safety, Human Resources Compliance – J. J. Keller & Associates —  “The California Labor Commissioner issued citations totaling more than $1.5 million to two janitorial companies for multiple wage theft violations. The investigation found that the two companies, which worked together to supply janitorial services in Los Angeles and Orange counties, intentionally misclassified their staff…

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

Lowe's

  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…