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Los Angeles NLRB Says College Athletes Are Employees

In February 2022, the National College Players Association (“NCPA”), an advocacy group composed of current and former college athletes, filed an unfair labor practice charge against the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the Pac-12 Conference, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (“NCAA”), and all Division I football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball programs for violations of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The NCPA alleges that…

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Rover Workers Score $18 Million Deal Over Misclassification Claims

On February 8, 2023, A Place for Rover, Inc. (“Rover” or the “Company”) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the Company unlawfully misclassified its hourly workers as independent contractors in order to skirt certain minimum wage and benefit laws. Rover is an app-based platform where users can connect with and book dog sitters or walkers. The Rover app includes dog boarding, dog walking, house sitting and doggy…

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees Concludes Final Meeting

On December 16th, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees (“Joint Task Force”) held its twelfth meeting of the year. The Joint Task Force was created when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 85 into law in October 2020, which called for the creation of a Joint Task Force to be composed of seven members (or their designees) and chaired by the…

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Seventh Circuit Reverses Motion to Dismiss Truck Driver’s Misclassification Claims

On August 3, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a Wisconsin federal court’s dismissal of a truck driver’s misclassification claims against hauling company Schneider National Inc. (“Schneider” or “the Company”). The Seventh Circuit found that driver Eric Brant (“Plaintiff”) plausibly alleged a viable claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a federal law that protects workers from unfair employment practices by establishing requirements for minimum…

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees Concludes Eleventh Meeting

On November 18th, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees (“Joint Task Force”) held its eleventh meeting of the year. The Joint Task Force, composed of seven members (or their designees) and chaired by the Secretary of Labor & Industry, was formed in October 2020 to evaluate the status of worker misclassification in Pennsylvania and develop recommendations to present to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.…

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Blocks App Driver Ballot Initiatives

In a unanimous opinion issued on June 14, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found it was an error for the Massachusetts Attorney General to certify two proposed ballot initiatives to redefine the employment classification of rideshare app drivers. The Court determined the initiatives contained at least two substantially distinct policy decisions, and that the lumping together of multiple policy questions does not allow voters to answer a single initiative…

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California Uber Drivers Settle Misclassification Claims for $8.4 Million

On February 17, 2022, a class of 1,322 California drivers announced an $8.43 million settlement (the “Settlement”) with Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) to resolve claims in James v. Uber. The Settlement, which comes in the wake of a $20 million initial settlement between Uber and a class of 15,000 California and Massachusetts Uber drivers in O’Connor v. Uber, compensates drivers for damages incurred after O’Connor and before the enactment of Proposition 22, a period…

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Uber to Arbitrate Misclassification Claims in Illinois

On October 29, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois accusing popular ride sharing platform Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber” or “Defendant”), of misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees under federal wage laws. The action alleges that because drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, they missed out on benefits and protections granted to employees such as minimum wage…

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Matco Tools Misclassification Suit Reaches $15.8 Million Settlement

On January 19, 2022, John Fleming (“Plaintiff”) requested preliminary approval of a $15,846,423 settlement (the “Settlement”) on behalf of himself and a class of other current and former distributors of Matco Tools Corporation (“Matco Tools” or “Defendant”). The Settlement resolves allegations that Plaintiff and other class members were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees of Matco Tools, resulting in unreimbursed business expenses, unlawful deductions, unpaid overtime compensation, missed meal and rest…

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Ruling Forces Ridesharing Services to Reclassify Drivers as Employees in California

The future of ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, in California are very much in jeopardy as on Thursday, a California appeals court stated that the two companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The decision, which reaffirms a lower court’s ruling, gives Uber and Lyft 30 days to comply with the ruling, assuming they do not appeal the decision. For years, ridesharing services have…

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