The National College Players Association alleges that college athletes have been misclassified as non-employees and that the named organizations “interfered with, restrained, and coerced  employees in the exercise of rights protected by Section 7 of the [NLRA].”
On February 8, 2023, A Place for Rover, Inc. 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.
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 […]
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. The Seventh Circuit found that driver Eric Brant 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 wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor.
On November 18th, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees held its eleventh meeting of the year. The Joint Task Force, composed of seven members 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.
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.
On February 17, 2022, a class of 1,322 California drivers announced an $8.43 million settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) to resolve claims Uber intentionally misclassified its drivers as independent contractors between February 28, 2019 and December 17, 2020.
On February 23, 2022, U.S. District Judge Martha Pacold granted Uber’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit over the classification of its employees under federal wage laws.
On January 19, 2022, Plaintiff John Fleming requested preliminary approval of a $15,846,423 settlement on behalf of himself and a class of other current and former distributors of Matco Tools Corporation. The Settlement resolves allegations that Plaintiff and other class members were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, resulting in violations of California labor law.
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.