Employers Group Blog Connection

US Labor Department and State of California Sign Agreement to Reduce Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and State of California recently entered into a new agreement to reduce independent contractor misclassification, aiming to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of independent contractor misclassification. California is the 12th state to enter into such an agreement.

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Topics: compliance, classification, employees, labor

Make No Assumptions

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Labor and employment laws and regulations can be exceedingly complex. The impulse is to learn the general rule for a particular statute and apply it across the board in all cases. As many laws as there are impacting the Human Resources profession, learning the general rule for each statute can be a challenge in and of itself. The problem, of course, is that exceptions to the rule can sometimes obscure the rule itself. No one should expect that they should learn every rule and its exceptions for every statute and regulation they may encounter in the HR profession. But every HR professional should at least know exceptions exist and, further, where to go in the laws or regulations to flesh them out.

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Topics: employment law, human resources, labor, best practices