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Lessons To Be Learned From Class Action Wage Settlements

With class-action wage lawsuits and settlements afflicting an increasing number of small businesses and corporations, including limousine operations, LCT would like to highlight a legal blog dedicated to independent contractor compliance and misclassification. The blog comes courtesy of the Pepper Hamilton LLP law firm, with 500 attorneys in offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit and other cities nationwide.

The Independent Contractor Compliance blog includes an analytical post highlighting a settlement involving a large chauffeured transportation company that can be instructive for operators throughout the industry.

The post also refers to a helpful tool for employers called IC Diagnostics, "a proprietary process that examines whether a group of workers not being treated as employees would pass the applicable tests for independent contractor (IC) status under governing state and federal laws. The tool also offers a number of practical, alternative solutions to enhance compliance with those laws."

Such advice and resources can provide valuable lessons for operators seeking to avoid wage and labor conflicts. Two recent labor and wage-related cases, and a past victory for the limousine industry, have once again underscored the need for awareness and good information on these issues:

If any LCT readers know of other helpful resources or insights for limo operators, please post them in the comments section below.

-- Martin Romjue, LCT editor

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