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Jobless Ranks May Be Inflated by Millions of Gig Workers

The hardest people to pin down in America’s labor market may be the gig workers: How many hours do they put in, where, and just how many are out there? The Labor Department, in a report Wednesday, said there are …

Mass. Medical Transportation Business Cited $460K for Wage Law Violations

A Massachusetts medical transportation business and its managers has been cited $460,945 in restitution and penalties for violating workers’ rights and state wage laws. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office began investigating Watertown, Mass.-based Quantum Transportation LLC and its managers, …

Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Report on Protecting Workers

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has released an annual Labor Day report to describe her office’s efforts to combat wage theft and other forms of worker exploitation. The report, “Protecting Massachusetts Workers,” was released Monday. The office’s fair labor division …

Virginia Forms Task Force to Block Worker Misclassification

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with a plan to prevent worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The state estimates that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors costs Virginia as …

Mass. SJC Rules Independent Contractor Statute Doesn’t Apply in Workers’ Comp Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled the state’s independent contractor statute does not determine whether a claimant is an employee eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in a case that has led to questions about worker misclassification. “Worker misclassification …

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employers Lacking in Workers’ Comp Coverage

The commission responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws in North Carolina has cracked down in the last year on employers who don’t carry proper insurance, collecting $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies. The News & Observer of Raleigh …

North Carolina Governor Signs Executive Order on Worker Misclassification

The North carolina General Assembly failed to negotiate this year final legislation addressing companies intentionally mislabeling workers to avoid paying taxes and other benefits. So North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has taken a step himself. McCrory announced Dec. 18 he …

Unlike Uber, On-Demand Office Service Cleans Up with Employees

It’s scorching on the streets of Midtown Manhattan as Afonso Oliveira strides around the lunch-break crowds, unbent beneath his 45-pound, $350 industrial backpack. He is carrying everything that might be needed to tighten a leaking faucet at a digital marketing …

Mass. AG Coakley Sues Drywall Company for Allegedly Misclassifying Workers

A New Hampshire drywall company and its owner have been sued for allegedly misclassifying employees as independent contractors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced today. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Universal Drywall, LLC and …