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March 1, 2017

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion.

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February 24, 2017

UK: Court of Appeal Reconsiders Test to Determine "Worker" Status

The gig economy is expanding fast. Although it brings great benefits, such as flexibility for companies and individuals, it also has generated concerns regarding workplace protections and social inequalities.

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February 21, 2017

Fourth Circuit Decision Establishes New Six-Factor Test for Determining Joint Employment under the FLSA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently established a new six-factor test to determine whether two or more entities are joint employers for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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November 7, 2016

New York City to Pass Protections for Freelance Workers

On October 27, 2016, the New York City Council approved a bill that would establish protections for freelance workers.

WPI Report
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November 4, 2016

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — November 2016

The November edition turns a spotlight on recent developments in the gig economy, discusses notable state and municipal bills and ordinances that advanced in October, and highlights federal agency activity in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

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October 19, 2016

New Background Check Requirements for California Transportation Network Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or an independent contractor.

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September 30, 2016

DOL Moves Forward With Plan to Determine Size of the Gig Economy

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to revive the Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) to the upcoming Current Population Survey, in an effort to capture a more accurate picture of the modern workforce.

Insight
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September 22, 2016

Canada: Time for Submissions Soon Expiring in Ontario under Changing Workplace Review

Comments on an interim report suggesting ways the Ontario Labour Relations Act and Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 could enhance protections for workers and support businesses are due by October 14, 2016.

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August 10, 2016

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

Seattle Initiative 124 would impose new and significant health and safety, healthcare, and hiring requirements on the City’s hotel industry.

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July 13, 2016

NLRB Paves the Way for Bargaining Units Composed of Employees of Two Different Employers

The NLRB has held a union seeking to represent employees in a bargaining unit composed of employees solely employed by a “user employer” and those it jointly employees with a temporary labor provider is not required to obtain the consent of both employers

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