On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, issued new interpretive guidance on proper classification of employees and independent contractors. In the guidance document, the DOL claims that misclassification of employees as independent contractors is “one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers, and the entire economy.” The guidance includes examples and case support for determining when a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.

Jeff Janas

The Washington Supreme Court, in a 9-0 decision, ruled Thursday that piece-rate farmworkers must be paid separately for rest breaks. The court also addressed the question of the applicable rate of pay for piece-rate workers while taking rest periods. The court held that pieceworkers must be paid at least the minimum wage or the pieceworker’s regular rate of pay (i.e., average piece rate), whichever is greater.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick has been appointed by Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chairman William B. Gould IV to serve on a newly created ad hoc labor-management advisory committee representing labor and management. The committee will meet to discuss issues and concerns of general interest to the ALRB and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and views.

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