Andrew Oxford, Associated Press Updated 4:58 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her bill, AB5 to to tighten the rules for labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees, Wednesday. The bill now goes to the state Senate. less Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her bill, AB5 to to tighten the rules for labeling workers as ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session … [Read more...] about California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors
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By C Jarrett Dieterle And Steven Greenhut | PUBLISHED: March 21, 2019 at 6:10 am | UPDATED: March 21, 2019 at 6:11 am In the aftermath of a far-reaching California Supreme Court decision regarding worker classification, state lawmakers are poised to fail one of the most basic tests of good governance: the equal application of the law. Instead of fixing a ruling that threatens the gig economy as well as many, more established industries, the Legislature is working on carve-outs for politically connected industries. This is the wrong approach. Last year, the California Supreme Court turned decades of state labor law on its head by redefining the test for what constitutes an employee versus an independent contractor. Under the court’s decision in Dynamex v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, workers are presumed to be employees for wage-order purposes unless firms can prove that: A) the worker is outside the firm’s control; B) the worker is performing a task that is outside … [Read more...] about Opinion: Crony carve-outs in California independent-contractor fight
A WORKER has been charged with insurance fraud after CCTV cameras caught him "staging" a dramatic fall in his office canteen. Alexander Goldinsky was also charged with one count of theft by deception after cops watched the bizarre clip back, say prosecutors in New Jersey. The revealing video shows Goldinsky looking around before seemingly tossing a cup of ice on the floor of his company's dining room. The 57-year-old then stands over the discarded cubes for a few seconds before stepping on them and "tumbling" to the ground in slow motion. "The investigation revealed that Goldinsky purposely threw the ice on the floor in the cafeteria at his workplace, placed himself on the ground, and waited until he was discovered," said Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. He then filed a false insurance claim for the ambulance service and treatment he received at a local hospital for his "injuries", the office said. Goldinsky, an independent contractor from Randolph, New Jersey, was working at the … [Read more...] about Idiot insurance scammer fails miserably with fake ‘ice on floor’ fall
NEW YORK — Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren't employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes and workers compensation and disability insurance. Companies that are audited and determined to be using employees misclassified as independent contractors face fines. "The penalties for non-compliance can be significant," warns Wendy Silver, owner of Beyond the Workplace, a human resources consultancy based in Needham, Massachusetts. She suggests owners consult an attorney to before classifying a worker as an independent contractor. The IRS has criteria by which it measures who's an employee and who isn't. Much of the criteria has to do with control over the employee. For example, who determines where and when the worker is at work? How closely is the worker supervised? Who … [Read more...] about Employee? Independent contractor? How to keep it legal
POLITICS 12/19/2018 11:57 am ET Experts fear the law's incentives will leave fewer workers with basic job protections. By Dave Jamieson and Arthur Delaney The GOP tax law passed last year could hasten a workplace trend away from direct employment and toward the use of independent contractors, an arrangement that may save businesses money but would shortchange everyday workers in unseen ways. That’s the takeaway from a new paper by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank that’s been critical of the Republican tax overhaul. Researchers there say the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which President Donald Trump signed a year ago this week, gives workers an incentive to take contractor jobs that forgo basic labor protections and drive down wages in blue-collar fields like trucking and janitorial services. The White House has argued that by cutting corporate taxes and making it easier for firms to write off expenses, the law encourages companies … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, GOP Tax Law. More Workers Might Become Contractors Because Of You.