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Fair Labor Standards Act: How open-source businesses like Uber are challenging employee classifications

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This Is The Third Installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Despite laws enacted by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to help protect the livelihood of our nation’s workforce, there are still grey areas actively manipulated by employers to curve employee costs related to basic minimum wage and overtime pay. By intentionally classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees – even when the job duties seem to clearly entitle workers to employee status – employers can get around paying certain wages and benefits. This is known as “employee misclassification,” and it’s becoming an FLSA crisis in the U.S. The issue developed in recent years ... Read More

Northwestern Mutual reps sue company for FLSA violations

Three former Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company employees who filed a $200-million class-action lawsuit against the company claim they were deprived of minimum wages and overtime pay. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, alleging Northwest Mutual misclassified them and hundreds of other employees as independent contractors to save money. Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual denies the allegations, pointing to a similar trial it was involved in last year. In that case, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled in favor of Northwestern Mutual, saying it had the right to retain certain employees as independent contractors. The plaintiffs named ... Read More