I love irony. I can’t resist pointing it out. So how’s this for some irony? The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association just agreed to pay $260,000 to settle allegations in a class/collective action lawsuit that it misclassified its referees as independent contractors. What’s the irony? The referees, whose job it is to apply established rules and […]
Individual managers, officers, HR pros and the like can be held personally liable for certain employment law violations. How can that be? The company is the employer, not the manager. Don’t most of the relevant laws say so? Some of them do.
The US Department of Labor recently issued an opinion letter stating that workers finding work through a gig-economy platform are independent contractors, rather than employees. Earlier this week, I posted about that on LinkedIn. The DOL’s opinion letter is not law. It does provide excellent guidance on how the federal agency enforcing the Fair Labor […]
Most people can work straight through an entire day without any sort of break. People need to take care of their basic needs. With the slight exception of child labor laws, federal laws do not require meal and rest breaks. Many states do, however. I can’t get into every state requirement here, and you might […]
You’ve heard the question before: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Believe it or not there really is a restaurant with that name. It’s sort of in my neck of the woods — New Jersey. So here’s another question: What happens when you fail to properly record time, pay overtime, fudge the job […]