FLSA Rule on Worker Classification to be Reversed

The Biden administration is making strides to reverse a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) final rule on worker classification that was signed into law by the Trump administration during its last days in office. The final rule, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, was supposed to take effect on March 8, 2021,…

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Why and How to Conduct an Effective Pay Equity Audit

Effective Pay Equity Audit

3 minute read Why should achieving pay equity be such a high priority for employers? For one thing, it’s simply good for business. As quoted by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), attorney Cheryl Pinarchick (with Fisher Phillips in Boston) stated, “By ensuring employees are paid equitably, employers can increase efficiency, creativity, and productivity…

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Doing Business in Washington Requires Pay Equity

Washington Requires Pay Equity

3 minute read  The great state of Washington boasts some of the world’s most influential businesses, from Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and Costco to Zillow, T-Mobile, and Nordstrom. These firms are global in reach, and yet, along with all other employers (public and private) in the state, they are subject to the Equal Pay & Opportunities…

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Doing Business in California Requires Pay Equity

California's Equal Pay Act

4 minute read  California is home to one of the United States’ most critical economic engines, from Silicon Valley to big agriculture to the Disney Parks. California would be the fifth-largest economy in the world, if it were its own country, according to Forbes. Yet many employers may not be aware that regulating this massive…

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UberBLACK Drivers to be Classified as Employees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reversed its decision regarding the classification of UberBLACK drivers and thus the Uber saga continues. The original case dates back to 2016 and was filed by a group of drivers in Philadelphia driving for Uber’s high-end UberBLACK service. The drivers claim Uber violated the FLSA…

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Seattle Washington Implements Gig Economy Worker Protections

Seattle, Washington is the next major city to expand employee protections to workers of the gig economy. Starting July 1, 2020 new minimum wage requirements for gig economy workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers will go into effect. A new tax of 51 cents per ride will be added for every ride a driver…

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Oregon Latest State to Focus The Microscope On Equal Pay

Oregon continues the trend of states becoming more assertive in addressing equal pay disparities

Oregon recently enacted the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (the Act). The Act expands upon existing federal and state law to address persistent pay gaps between genders, races, and those in other protected classes by encouraging employers to proactively assess their pay practices. The majority of its provisions will become effective on January 1,…

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