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Barnes & Thornburg LogoWith the advent of ridesharing services, there is an extremely large number of drivers for those companies out on the roads. But are drivers for Uber and similar companies “employees”? Over the years these companies have taken the position the drivers are not employees but rather independent contractors. The Office for the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently weighed in on this issue, and he agrees with Uber.   More on NLRB's Memo Here >
Washington is the most recent state to adopt a law restricting the use of noncompetition agreements. The new law (HB 1450), which was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on May 8, 2019 and is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020, will add unique challenges for employers and further complicate the restrictive covenant landscape across the country. Perhaps the most significant takeaway for employers (particularly those with national workforces) relates to damages in the form of “reasonable attorneys’ fees” and statutory penalties for partial enforcement of the noncompetition covenant.      More on HB1450 Here >
The day after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court applies retroactively (see here), California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) released an opinion letter concluding that Dynamex’s ABC test applies to both IWC Wage Order claims and certain Labor Code provisions that enforce Wage Order requirements. The California Court of Appeals has ruled that Dynamex applies only to claims brought under the IWC Wage Orders (see here) and the DLSE’s recent opinion letter seems to expand what that means.  More on Dynamex Decision Here >
In an effort to combat the ongoing opioid crisis and substance abuse, New York State’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 includes the nation’s first tax incentive program for certified employers who hire people recovering from substance use disorders in full-time or part-time positions. The purpose of the Recovery Tax Credit program is two-fold: to create a recovery-oriented culture in business and local communities, as well as encourage growth by increasing employment opportunities. More on New York's Law Here>
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