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How the FLSA, and the statuses contained within, apply to you

Many people may not necessarily consider their status as an employee on a daily (or weekly, monthly, or yearly) basis. Even if you're aware of it, you probably don't consider the ramifications of that status. So, to that end, let's talk about exempt and non-exempt employees, and how these statuses apply in certain industries.

California rules that Uber drivers are employees, not contractors

On June 3, the California Labor Commission made a ruling that could ripple through the economy in a number of ways. In the case of a San Francisco-based Uber driver who was seeking about $4,000 in expense reimbursements, the commission ruled that the driver was legally Uber's employee, not an independent contractor.

Religious dress discrimination case decided by Supreme Court

If you have ever walked past an Abercrombie & Fitch store, you are likely familiar with the “vibe” that the store attempts to project. Its visual displays and scents can be perceived from surprisingly far away. But perhaps its most significant vibe-related focus is its employees. This store has come under fire in recent years for its policies related to its employee “look” policy. It has specifically come under fire for hiring restrictions based on the perceived physical attractiveness of applicants and the body types of those applicants.

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