Re: [messengers] Misclassification of Independent Contracto rs – Happy 2012!

Date: 18 Jan 2012 21:15:14 +0100
From: Kirk Dungan <happycourier13@xxxxxxxxx>

I'm guessing, you get to go find a new job as depending on the extent of the fines the company just might shut down and if not shut down then reorganized in a way where the couriers still get fucked. I suspect this legislation will have as many if not more negative effects on the industry as positive. That's my cynical retired old fart perspective but I could be wrong.

 From: Mark Hayward <hayward_mw71@xxxxxxxx>
To: "robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "messengers@xxxxxxxxx" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: [messengers] Misclassification of Independent Contractors – Happy 2012!
So if I am a courier working in California misclassified as an IC what do I get if my company is fined?  Do I get overtime, vacation etc.?  Anyone know?
From: "robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 8:04:30 PM
Subject: Re: [messengers] Misclassification of Independent Contractors – Happy 2012!

> On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Last Messenger Appreciation Day (October 9, 2011) California Governor
Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 459 (SB 459) that imposes strict
penalties on employers who willfully misclassify workers as independent
contractors. . .

Here's hoping this law gets used to take on companies that beat down their
entire work force with IC classification, or that put a lot of new hires
and seasonal people working full time in a uniform, in the IC box.

Our small worker-owned company got heat from Oregon for giving people a
few days of vacation relief work, at a time when other companies had
full-time workers on IC status.

And, uh, lawyers?  Who know the law and are supposed to uphold it, but get
a free pass?  Guess we know who made that law.


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