Maybe. One former laborer for Crowdflower, one of the major players in the crowdsourcing market intends to find out. He is asserting in a recent wage and hour lawsuit filed against Crowdflower that those individuals from the crowd who completed work for the company were in fact employees and should be entitled to at least minimum wage for their efforts.
Assembly Bill 10 has been revised and is back on the 2013 agenda for the California legislature. Sponsored by Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, the latest version of AB 10 would call for a $.50 raise in California's minimum wage in 2014, bringing it to $8.25.
On average, nannies make about $11/hour, according to a recent survey released by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Housekeepers and caregivers fare slightly lower on the pay scale, averaging around $10/hour nationwide.
A Subway franchisee with 29 locations in the Tampa Bay area has been ordered to pay 122 employees back wages and liquidated damages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA). A federal judge ordered the payments after finding that the Subway owner violated minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.
A 2003 law passed by a city ordinance requires business owners to follow San Francisco mandatory cost-of-living or inflation increases to the minimum wage. The minimum wage is set to increase from $9.92 to $10.24 in 2012.