Category: Wages

California Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

In a recent case, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard for determining when a worker is an independent contractor, and when a worker is an employee. This is a major departure from how workers have been classified in the past, and will have far-reaching effects on employment and the gig economy. The case, […]

Medical Marijuana Now Legal In Ohio

Ohio’s new medical marijuana law recently took effect, on September 8, 2016. This law, passed by the Ohio legislature, followed a failed ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana in Ohio for recreational use, as well. The new law permits doctors to prescribe marijuana as treatment for a lengthly list of ailments, but patients will […]

Does Your Uber Driver Make Any Money?

Today one of my twitter followers, and someone I actually know from the startup community here in Cincinnati, posted an interesting tweet: “I always open up my @Uber/@lyft email receipts, wincing at the long ride I took, thinking it’ll be $20. It’s consistently less than $9. [celebratory emoticon] The tweet got me thinking about whether […]

Is Your Contractor Really An Employee?

If you weren’t distracted by Donald Trump throwing his comb-around into the presidential ring this week, you might have noticed that the California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, rather than an independent contractor. This meant she was entitled to approximately $4000 in expenses and other costs incurred while driving for […]

EMPLOYER MONITORING OF EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA USE

An increasing concern for employers is their employees’ use of social media. For some time now, employers have been devoting resources to monitoring their employees on social media. I’m not talking about someone taking a couple of minutes to check her Facebook page during the workday. This is about employers monitoring the use of social […]