Wage and Hour

Friday, August 18, 2017

Apprenticeship Council Certification Process Questioned

Q. Is the District of Columbia enforcing its own labor laws?

There is controversy surrounding the commercial and residential building boom in the DC area.  Employment law attorneys representing employers in the construction industry--who encourage companies to follow state and federal laws-- as well as their compliant clients and some local politicians, are up in arms about the controversial certification of an out-of-state contractor with an allegedly less-than-stellar reputation.

The contractor in question has contracts at “16 major building sites in D.
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

$12 Million Lyft Settlement Rejected by Court Because it "Shortchanged" Drivers

A federal judge in California denied preliminary approval to a $12 million class action settlement agreement that would have resolved Lyft drivers' claims of being misclassified by the ride-share company as independent contractors because the settlement was based on an "artificially low estimate" of damages; in particular the true maximum value of the drivers' mileage reimbursement claim appeared to be double the figure on which the settlement in this California Labor Code suit was based. Just over a year ago, the court ruled that whether Lyft drivers were employees or independent contractors was for a jury to decide. Both Uber and Lyft drivers have been fighting to be treated as employees rather than independent contractors because this would mean that they could be reimbursed for expenses, wage and hour laws would apply, benefits laws would apply, and the ride-share companies would have to pay the employer share of payroll taxes, such as social security taxes.

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