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Catherine Ruckelshaus
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Catherine Ruckelshaus works at the National Employment Law Project.

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Ending the 'Independent Contractor' Charade in On-Demand and Just-In-Time Work

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 6:35 PM

In the last week alone, two companies in the on-demand and just-in-time delivery economies reclassified their workers as "employees" and gave up the "independent contractor" model that has generated litigation and protest from workers. At the same time, industry behemoths Uber, Lyft, and Amazon are spending millions to defend their...

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Why Is Tyson Foods Still Stealing from its Workers?

(12) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:01 PM

More than 25 years. That's how long Tyson Foods and its predecessors have ignored rulings that its "gang time" payment system for meat production workers is illegal. A recent Iowa jury found that the company's wage theft amounted to 5.8 million dollars for 3,000 Iowa workers over just two years....

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Who's the Boss? Why Republicans Are Missing the Point on Joint Employer

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:36 PM

On Thursday, the Republican-led Senate committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions held ahearing on joint employers. This follows the Republican-chaired House Education and Workforce committee's series of hearings held last June addressing the National Labor Relations Board's expected joint employer ruling, and a September

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Home Care Workers Take Fight for $15 to the Ballot Box

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Most weekends, Marie Mdamu makes the equivalent of about $3 per hour.

As a home care worker in Atlanta, Marie reports to work on Friday evenings and leaves Sunday nights, taking home a total of $175 for the entire weekend. Working in home care pays so little that Marie relies...

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After 75 Years, Minimum Wage Protections Still Elude Home Care Workers

(11) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 4:44 PM

One of our nation's cornerstone workplace laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, turned 75 this week. America's roughly 2.5 million home care workers might not be celebrating the anniversary, however. That's because home care workers -- the skilled caregivers who tend to our nation's elderly and disabled in their own...

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