Articles by Daniel Wiessner

Walmart Paying $65M to Settle California Suit Over Seating For Cashiers

Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay $65 million to nearly 100,000 current and former cashiers in California who accused the retailer of violating state law by refusing to provide them with seating while they worked. Walmart denied any wrongdoing in …

Trump’s Labor Board to Try Again to Ease Obama Franchise Liability Standard

The U.S. agency that enforces federal labor laws took the first steps on Thursday towards loosening an Obama-era standard that made it easier to hold companies liable for illegal labor practices by their contractors and franchisees. The five-member National Labor …

U.S. Labor Judge Nixes McDonald’s Deal to Avoid Joint Employer Tag

A judge with a U.S. labor agency on Tuesday rejected McDonald’s Corp.’s proposed settlement of a major case on whether the fast-food company is accountable for alleged labor law violations by franchisees across the country. The settlement proposed in March …

Wal-Mart Settles Transgender Employee’s Claim Over Firing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday settled a lawsuit by a transgender former employee in North Carolina who accused the retail giant of unlawfully firing her for complaining about harassment. Arkansas-based Wal-Mart and the plaintiff, Charlene Bost, did not disclose the …

Court Revives Challenge to Seattle’s Ridesharing Union Law

A U.S. appeals court has revived a leading business group’s challenge to a Seattle law, the first of its kind, that would allow drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft to unionize. The San Francisco-based 9th …

California Lawsuits Challenging Contractor Model for Lyft, Postmates

Ridesharing service Lyft Inc. and courier service Postmates Inc. are among the first companies to be sued for improperly treating workers in California as independent contractors following a recent decision that makes it easier for workers to prove that they …

Is GrubHub Case a Barometer for Independent Contractors Rules?

Food delivery company GrubHub Inc. may be one of the first tech firms to feel the impact of a ruling this week from California’s highest court that makes it easier for workers to prove they are a company’s employees and …

Uber Drivers Are Not Employees Under Federal Law, Judge Rules

A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has ruled that limousine drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. are independent contractors and not the company’s employees under federal law, the first ruling of its kind on a crucial issue for the ride-hailing company. U.S. …

McDonald’s Offers to Settle Claims in Franchise Liability Case

McDonald’s Corp. said on Monday it had agreed to settle a U.S. labor board case on whether the company is accountable for its franchisees’ alleged labor law violations. The settlement, which must be approved by a National Labor Relations Board …

U.S. Judge Rules ‘Gig Economy’ Driver Is Independent Contractor

A U.S. judge in San Francisco earlier this month said a former Grubhub Inc. delivery driver was an independent contractor and not the company’s employee in the first case of its kind against a “gig economy” company that went to …