DOL Gets Aggressive with $5.6 Million Consent Judgment on Independent Contractor Misclassification
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by Todd Lebowitz
4d ago
There’s an island in Quebec that’s larger in area than the lake in which it sits. René-Levasseur Island was supposedly formed by the impact of a meteorite 214 million years ago, although eyewitness accounts differ. The land mass became an island in 1970, when the Manicougan reservoir was flooded, merging two crescent shaped lakes that surrounded the area. I like fun geography facts, and an island larger than the lake in which it sits is a fun fact. But feels a bit aggressive for the Canadians to merge two crescent shaped lakes to turn this land mass into an island. I’m sure they had their rea ..read more
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Dead or Alive? Contractor Dispute Leads to Important Ohio Decision on Agency Deference
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by Todd Lebowitz
1w ago
An author of romance novels died in 2020, committing suicide after online bullying. Or so it seemed. But a few days ago, Susan Meachen posted on Facebook to say she was back. Not in a risen-from-the-grave sort of way. She says she faked her own death and is very much alive. The story has been covered by CNN and BBC, and I don’t know whether anyone has yet figured out whether Meachen died or someone is now posting under her name. One thing that seems more clearly dead, though, is the legal principle of agency deference in Ohio. This important decision arose out of a contractor dispute. In a 7 ..read more
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When They Get Around To It: Update on the DOL’s Independent Contractor Rulemaking
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by Todd Lebowitz
2w ago
In Denbighshire, Wales, the Howatson family lives in a small house that sits… wait for it… in the middle of a roundabout. In the early 1980s, after the family had been in the house for 20 years, local authorities told them their property sat smack in the middle of where a roundabout was to be built. The family refused to sell, and they now have lovely 360-degree views of people driving around their house all day and night. The Department of Labor is taking is a more direct approach in its effort to update the worker classification test under the Fair Labor Standards Act. But it’s a slow proce ..read more
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Hands Off! NY Governor Vetoes Independent Contractor Bill
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by Todd Lebowitz
3w ago
A chess-playing robot took enforcement a bit too seriously at a recent tournament in Moscow. Facing a 9-year old human opponent, the robot grabbed and broke the boy’s index finger when the boy reached toward the board when it was the robot’s turn to move. When you’re a robot, rules are rules. The robot had been in use for 15 years (and the boy had been in use only 9). Neither robot nor boy had any known history of delinquency, but this sounds like a textbook case of bullying. And there’s video! In an unrelated matter, New York Governor Kathy Hochul was not going to be bullied by the state leg ..read more
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Horizontal Risk: Criminal Case Moves Forward on No-Poach Agreement Among Competitors
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by Todd Lebowitz
1M ago
Christian Encarnacion-Strand presents an unusual problem for the Cincinnati Reds. His name is too long to fit horizontally across the back of his uniform. The Reds are taking an upside-down-horseshoe approach to this problem, and if this minor league third baseman makes the big league club this year, his 18-character surname (with hyphen) would win the award (there’s no award) for most characters in a major league surname. The current honor lies with Simeon Woods Richardson, a pitcher for the Twins, whose unhyphenated surname stretches 16 characters (including the space). The Twins applied mo ..read more
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Hairy Situation: Misclassification Settlement Disputes Settle for $6.5 Million; Multiple Tests Would Have Applied
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by Todd Lebowitz
1M ago
If you have a beard at least 8 inches long, here’s an opportunity you might not have considered. At a bar in Casper, Wyoming, a group of bewhiskered patrons tied their beards together to take the world’s record for Longest Beard Chain. How long? 150 feet, shattering the previous record of 62 feet, set by a shaggy German crew in 2007. But that wasn’t even the hairiest highlight of the weekend. Down the street was the National Beard and Moustache Championships, a visual delight featuring moustache categories such as best handlebar, Dali, freestyle, and uber-stache, and partial beard categories ..read more
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Another Thing to Worry About?: Can Individuals Be Joint Employers under the FLSA?
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by Todd Lebowitz
2M ago
This gem recently popped up on my twitter feed. Causes of death in London, 1632. Seems to me that cancer would be bad enough, but 10 deaths were attributable to the deadly combination of “cancer and wolf.” Sounds to me like 17th century cancer wards needed a moat. Other notable causes of death include “Consumption” (1797) and its equally deadly opposite, “Dead in the street and starved” (6). “King’s evil” fell 38 unappreciated subjects of the Crown, and 98 died from “Rising of the lights,” which is a fate perhaps narrowly avoided by Clark in Christmas Vacation. There were lots of things in 16 ..read more
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Don’t Be Like These Sheep: Check Your Contract Recitals to Avoid This Misclassification Mistake
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by Todd Lebowitz
2M ago
In Inner Mongolia, these sheep have been walking in a circle for about two weeks, with a few sheep occasionally standing in the middle. Here’s video. Various theories have been circulating to try to explain the odd behavior, including that it may be some sort of bacteria-induced delirium. But I think I know the real reason. (And a hearty Mazel Tov! to the wooly couple!) When drafting independent contractor agreements, it’s never a good idea to be unsure of why you’re doing something. Too often, businesses use generic agreements and don’t understand the impact or purpose of what they’ve writte ..read more
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Rick Springfield & Joint Employment: L.A. County Liable in FLSA Overtime Suit, Despite No Control Over Payroll
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by Todd Lebowitz
2M ago
Rick jams! If I ask you to name a song by Rick Springfield, you’ll say “Jessie’s Girl.” If I ask you to name another, you’ll look at me with a blank stare. But there’s another song you probably know. I forgot all about it too until I heard it on the 80s channel last week. “Don’t Talk to Strangers” was released in 1982 and, around May of that year, spent four weeks at #2 on the Billboard charts. (Bonus Trivia Question: Can you name the #1 song in May 1982? The answer is below.) Springfield had a couple of other hits too. Remember “Love Somebody” and “I’ve Done Everything for You”? Good times. A ..read more
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Settling Misclassification Lawsuits Is Sometimes the Right Call, But It Might Make You Feel Dirty
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by Todd Lebowitz
2M ago
Say cheese! The world’s dirtiest man died last month at the (ripe) age of 94, having reportedly going 60 years without bathing. Covered in soot and living in a cinder-block shack, the Iranian hermit was known for eating roadkill, smoking a pipe filled with animal excrement, and believing that cleanliness would make him ill. The newest dirtiest man alive may be this guy in India, who as of 2009 hadn’t bathed in a mere 35 years. Instead of water, this man of the people opts for a “fire bath,” in which he lights a bonfire, smokes marijuna and stands on a leg praying to Lord Shiva. The man told a ..read more
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