Virginia Becomes 31st State to Join DOL in Combatting Misclassification

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Virginia Employment Commission have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies announced they will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees […]

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Uber Settles Two Lawsuits in Bid to Retain Independent Contractor Model

Ride-hailing giant Uber, currently valued at more than $60 billion, will pay drivers in California and Massachusetts at least $84 million to settle class action lawsuits seeking to overturn the drivers’ status as independent contractors. For the time being at least, the settlements mean Uber can continue using its independent contractor business model. The now-settled […]

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Judge Expands Uber Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has expanded the lawsuit against Uber to include even those drivers in California who failed to opt out of the company’s arbitration agreement. Previously, the class action suit against the ride-sharing service was limited only to drivers who never signed the arbitration agreement or who drove for Uber before the […]

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DOL, Vermont Join Forces to Police Misclassification of Employees

Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Vermont Department of Labor have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies may share information and coordinate law enforcement. The MOU represents a new, […]

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Uber Lawsuit to Test Using Independent Contractors as a Business Model

Uber Technologies, a car-hailing company valued at $51 billion by Wall Street, is now the subject of a class action lawsuit in California over designating its drivers as independent contractors. Three Uber drivers originally brought the lawsuit seeking full pay and benefits and reimbursement for car expenses as company employees. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward […]

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