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Labor Dept. 'gig economy' letter can help companies accused of misclassifying independent contractors, attorney says
The U.S. Department of Labor recently clarified its position on the classification of workers within the growing so-called "gig economy," stating it believes most such workers can be described as independent contractors, and not employees, under federal labor laws.
As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.
Days before the rule was set to take effect, a federal judge in Texas blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have extended overtime pay to upwards of 4 million salaried workers. The Department of Labor has appealed. The decisions in the meantime could produce confusion, a Chicago employment lawyer said.
A Texas federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s “unlawful” new Overtime Rule.
A group of 65 school bus drivers has filed a class action lawsuit against bus company First Student on behalf of potentially thousands of other bus drivers, claiming the company has made a habit of underpaying its drivers. Attorneys Karl W. Roth and William P. Foley of the Roth Law Group, of Chicago, filed the action Tuesday, Oct. 13, in federal court in Chicago.
FLSA Rising: Ever-shifting wage, hour standards promise to keep employers, lawyers struggling to keep up with law
The increase of wage and hour lawsuits being filed in Chicago federal courts in the last 25 years is reflective of a national trend. And with two new notifications from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding revised Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and an updated interpretation of worker classification, area litigators not only expect to see FLSA suits on the rise again, but to see businesses overhaul their structures.
This is the first installment in a series examining labor litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Chicago and nationwide, the number of wage and hour lawsuits filed under the FLSA has been steadily on the rise for most of the past 25 years. And area lawyers expect to see yet another spike in litigation as employers and employees alike see what will come of further changes to the rules governing enforcement of the FLSA by the U.S. Department of Labor.