Ever wonder what happened with the minimum wage fight that has been going on between Alabama and Birmingham? Well, here is the latest — the full panel on the Eleventh Circuit has now spoken: the district court rightly dismissed the lawsuit against Alabama’s governor and attorney general alleging discrimination in the state’s minimum wage law.
We’ve posted on this topic several times before but the battle between independent contractors and employees continues.
Here’s a brief refresher on the basics of why proper classification of employees as independent contractors or employees matters:
- Employees (not independent contractors) are entitled to workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits.
- Employees (not independent contractors) have taxes withheld
Minimum wage laws invite controversy, and Alabama’s latest tug-of-war between the state and its largest city is going to get another wider review. You may recall that back in 2015, Birmingham, Alabama, passed a local minimum wage law. On the heels of that move, the Alabama Legislature then passed a state-wide minimum wage law,…