Legal, Legislative & Regulatory

Group Cites Temp Safety, Calls for Tougher Rules

16 January 2013

A new report by the Center for Progressive Reform claims contract labor is bringing new threats to worker safety and calls for the federal government to crack down on firms that use a lot of temps. The group is a Washington-based nonprofit formed in 2002.


Feds Firm Up Proposed Rules for Healthcare Reform

9 January 2013

New proposed healthcare reform regulations include language of concern to users of contingent labor.


Staffing Buyer Pays $96,335 in Back Wages

9 January 2013

A printing company that used two different staffing firms and timeclocks for its workers pays more than $100,000 in overtime back wages and penalties.


Company Blames Temp for Fatal Burns

9 January 2013

A household and grooming products manufacturer cited by OSHA for 14 alleged violations after a contingent worker suffered fatal burns blames the worker for his death, Chicago Public Media's WBEZ reports.


New Cold War Could Freeze Out Staffing Firms in Russia

19 December 2012

An ongoing dispute between the U.S. and Russia may have significant repercussions for contingent workforce managers as Russia threatens to ban foreign staffing firms from doing business in the country. 


Firm Settles OSHA Case in Temp’s Death

19 December 2012

A company agreed to pay a $100,000 fine as part of a settlement in the death of a temporary worker, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported. 


Company to Pay $46,000 in Misclassification

19 December 2012

A Florida painting firm agreed to pay $46,000 in back wages after it was found to have misclassified 26 employees as independent contractors.


New IC Bill Relatively “Limited”

19 December 2012

A new bill meant to simplify the procedure for determining proper independent contractor classification has been introduced in the House, but it appears to have a very narrow focus.


Lawsuit Targets Crowdsourcing Operation

12 December 2012

CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing website, faces a lawsuit that claims it pays below minimum wage and misclassifies its workers as independent contractors. 


EEOC Sues Sony and Staffing Firm

12 December 2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Sony and its staffing provider alleging the companies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by terminating a contingent worker because she had a prosthetic leg.