2016 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

By: Mike DeCamps.

Sands Anderson’s Employment Law Team has released the 2016 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide. The guide provides summaries of key Virginia employment statutes and principles of employment law. The summaries are not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of the laws and/or their judicial interpretations. The materials in this Pocket Guide reflect the statutes in effect on July […]

 

Employee Misclassification Continues to Make News

By: Michael Marr.

Just last month, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar were sued in San Francisco Superior Court in lawsuits similar to those pending cases against Uber and Lyft. These three new lawsuits ask the hot-button question: are workers in the shared economy employees improperly classified as independent contractors? If the current individuals working for these three shared economy […]

 

Amazon makes a splash and joins the “gig” economy

By: Michael Marr.

Under the name “Amazon Flex“, Amazon has joined Uber and Lyft in the “gig” economy. According to the Amazon website, workers can choose any available 2, 4, and 8 hour blocks of time to work the same day, or set availability for up to 12 hours per day for the future. Like Uber, you can […]

 

The Joint Employer Doctrine Strikes Again

By: Michael Marr.

In a post last month (Serving Two Masters- Fourth Circuit Recognizes the Joint Employment Doctrine), we discussed the July 15th Fourth Circuit opinion of Butler v. Drive Auto. Indus. of Am, which made the joint employment doctrine the law of the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit adopted a “hybrid” test that embraced both the common […]

 

Discrimination by Association: It’s Illegal.

By: Michael Marr.

You may have heard of guilt by association before, but what about discrimination by association? Everyone knows that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s disability, but what if the employee has a disabled child? Does the child’s disability affect your hiring and retention decisions of the parent? Yes. The Americans with […]

 

Independent Contractor or Employee: Do You Pass the “Economic Realities” Test?

By: Michael Marr.

In the first Administrator’s Interpretation issued in more than a year, the Department of Labor has recently weighed in on the debate over the misclassification of employees—a  debate that has been stirred up of late by companies such as Uber, Lyft, and the now closed Homejoy. “Although independent contracting relationships can be advantageous for workers and […]