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U.S. Labor Department Could Make It Easier to Treat Workers as Independent Contractors | Investing News

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday said it would soon propose a rule that could make it easier to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, a major issue for the “gig economy” and other industries that use contractors to contain costs.

During a phone call with reporters, senior department officials said the rule, if adopted, would provide courts with a “cleaner and easier-to-use process” than the complex multi-factor test currently applied in lawsuits alleging workers have been misclassified.

Independent contractors are not entitled to many of the legal protections afforded to employees, such as minimum wage and overtime pay. Employees can cost companies up to 40% more than contractors, according to several studies.

The labor department will publish a formal proposal by next week, the officials said, and adopt a final rule by the end of the year.

Under the proposal, a worker would be

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Proposal to make it easier to get building permits, inspects in New Jersey gets committee’s support

The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced a bipartisan bill Monday that aims to allow construction companies and contractors to apply for permits and scheduled inspections online.

The bill had the backing of numerous business associations including the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Apartment Association, the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA).

“Often when the legislature enacts meaningful legislation and the departments implement those legislations through regulations it imposes burdens on the business community,” said Ray Cantor, NJBIA’s vice president for government affairs in testimony to the committee. “Even though those burdens per regulation may be minimal over time, they do add up and the costs and the burdens become significant. We are very thankful that the legislature is taking a different approach and trying to make things more efficient, more cost effective and

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New government proposal to make firing easier for companies with under 300 employees



a person sitting at a table: New government proposal to make firing easier for companies with under 300 employees


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New government proposal to make firing easier for companies with under 300 employees

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s new labour law will support the idea of allowing companies having less than 300 workers to not be required to frame standing orders for their employees, reported Business Standard.

BREAKING: Government has proposed to do away with the need for companies, hiring up to 300 workers, to frame a ‘standing order’ which states key employment terms for its workforce. This will give more teeth to companies to ‘hire and fire’ workers.https://t.co/tapppALlbM

— Somesh Jha (@someshjha7) September 19, 2020

According to the news report, the government’s new proposed labour law will allow such companies to not frame a statutory contract that acts as a collective rights document stating key terms and conditions in a standardised manner for workers. According to a Supreme Court judgment, that collective agreement overrides even

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Facebook is making it easier to run a business online

Businesses will soon be able to manage their Facebook and Instagram accounts through a single platform thanks to a new release from the company.

Facebook Business Suite looks to helps SMBs adapting to a new way of doing business in the global lockdown, offering a singular interface where they can manage their profiles and pages across both sites.

Businesses using the service, which works across mobile and desktop, will be able to post to Facebook and Instagram at the same time, view all notifications and alerts in one place, and monitor analytics and insight information on posts across both sites.

Facebook Business Suite

Users will also be able to manage and receive messages through the company’s messaging platforms WhatsApp and Messenger, keeping them in direct contact with customers.

Facebook Business Suite is available for small businesses globally now, before expanding to larger businesses next year. Customers will be able to

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UK’s new visa rules make it easier for international students to study and work now

  • The UK government is all set to introduce a new student visa route on October 5.
  • The new student visa will make it easier for international students to get visas and look for work after finishing their education.
  • Under the new system, students will require a total of 70 points to be granted a visa.

The Boris Johnson government, earlier this week, announced new student visa routes that will allow international students to get visas more easily and stay in the UK post-study. The new visa route for international students will open on October 5 and will replace the previous Tier 4 visa route.

UK universities have seen
record admissions despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And this influx of international students stands testament to the popularity of the UK as their destination choice.

Moreover, the new UK post-study work (PSW) visa allows students to live and work in the UK for

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Shippo Makes Scaling Your Ecommerce Business Easier


As the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed many businesses and even entire industries, e-commerce continues to play a valuable role. In fact, e-commerce has shown more growth amid the pandemic than the previous 10 years combined. While Amazon and other major corporations may have been able to keep pace with some of the challenges (to be honest, even Amazon struggled to keep up), many small- and medium-size businesses weren’t ready to pivot and scale as quickly.


That’s where Shippo comes in. Shippo democratizes the advanced shipping services and strategies that have previously been reserved for only the most resource-rich and technically savvy merchants. Without any coding or volume requirements, Shippo connects to all of your sales channels and helps you identify the best shipping option for every order. The total setup process takes less than a couple of minutes. Shippo can automatically identify the

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