Last spring, I was in the Detroit area for a deposition. I’m originally from that area, so I stayed over the weekend to visit family, and we made a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
It hasn’t been a great summer for the issue of vicarious liability in franchising. In particular, the Office of General Counsel of the NLRB, in its McDonald’s recommendation, has demonstrated that it is hostile to the franchising model of business.
There’s apparently a bit of a brouhaha in Wales — the former City Manager of Cardiff was caught sending racist text messages.
Misclassification of Independent Contractors: A Challenge for Massachusetts Companies in the Delivery, Taxi, and Livery Sectors
Employers operating in the delivery and livery sectors continue to be targeted with lawsuits alleging violations of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute and Wage Act. Specifically, these lawsuits allege that drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors.
On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which—for the first time—requires large federal contractors to disclose prior labor law violations, designate a Labor Compliance Advisor, and disclose wage and hour information to its workers. The provisions of the Executive Order take aim at federal contracts with a value of $500,000 or more.
The District of Columbia has passed one of the most stringent ban-the-box laws in the nation. The D.C. law includes the typical prohibition on asking questions about criminal background during the application process, but it also adds a requirement, similar to New York State, that specific factors be considered before a conditional offer of employment is withdrawn.
Many will be surprised to learn that for years FedEx has treated its delivery drivers as independent contractors rather than as normal employees.
Why you ask?
The answer is simple: Money.
Two proposed San Francisco ordinances could mean more hours and more money for San Francisco’s part-time and minimum-wage employees. San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar’s recent proposal will give additional rights to part-time employees, including more hours, and a new ballot initiative for November proposes to raise the minimum wage rate in San Francisco.
FMLA FAQ: Can an Employer Persuade an Employee to Work Instead of Taking FMLA Leave Because Her Job is Really Important?
Sorry I have been away for a bit. Of all things, I’ve been taking some FMLA bonding leave to care for this beauty to the right! I am excited to report that our daughter, Maggie, joined our family just a few weeks back. And I’ve been smitten ever since.