East Street Cycle Link And Safety Improvements Proposed

Creating a safe environment for people travelling around
the City Rail Link (CRL) Karangahape Station construction
zone is behind a proposed East Street cycleway link and
safety improvements on the surrounding

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing a range
of tactical changes including a cycleway link between Te Ara
I Whiti – Lightpath and Karangahape Road, via East

AT Programme Manager, Ian Howell says “With
the number of heavy trucks entering the CRL worksite
continuing to increase, we want to ensure that people
walking, riding bikes, or driving through this area are safe
and protected,” he says.

The proposal includes
turning East Street into a one way for vehicles northbound
between Canada and Galatos Streets and installing a two-way
protected cycleway.

Speed tables will be also
installed to create a slower-speed environment for all road
users. To assist with wayfinding, the colour scheme for the
cycleway and slow speed areas will match that of Te Ara I
Whiti – Lightpath and the Karangahape Road Enhancements,
with their distinctive magenta colouring.

The proposal
affects South Street, East Street, West Terrace and Galatos
Street and will remain in place until the Karangahape
Station is completed in 2024.

Mr Howell says these
initiatives will not only encourage safer speeds but will
also provide a more predictable and clearer road layout
making it easier for people to get around.

“There is
a lot going on in this area right now with the CRL works and
the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. We are expecting
many more people on bikes to be using Karangahape Rd when
the new cycleway is completed. The East Street Link will
provide a safe way of connecting to Te Ara I Whiti –

Waitematā Local Board member Graeme

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City of Venice seeks input on proposed improvements to Venezia Park

Earle Kimel
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

VENICE – The city of Venice is seeking public input on future improvements planned for Venezia Park both through a Zoom meeting and an online survey.

The city is hosting a Zoom meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 to discuss the preliminary design for the park and is also conducting an online survey – with hard copies available at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice – seeking additional input, too.

The park, located at 450 Nassau Street S., is located in the Venezia Park Historic District and is part of the original John Nolen plan.

New playground equipment was installed at the park in August.

All proposed improvements are passive and include ADA accommodations, picnic tables, park benches, a walking trail and landscaping.

All proposed park improvement will be funded through impact fees.

No additional parking is planned, and improvements will be placed around the existing trees.

Residents strongly voiced support for the existing population of Australian Pine trees, which are technically an invasive species, when the Venice City Council hosted a special parks meeting in January.

Then, the council urged staff to curtail what had been an ambitious plan to improve the park, using about $1 million in impact fees.

In previous years, the city has backed off any improvements to the park, unless the invasive species is removed.

The online survey is available through Oct. 30 at

Respondents are asked what amenities they would like to see, including bike racks and doggie bag/waste stations.

The Oct. 15 Zoom meeting can be monitored via phone by dialing 1-929-205-6099, then when the meeting ID is requested, enter 870 9676 7738 and then press the # key.

It can be monitored via computer, tablet or smartphone at To provide public comment,

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Commonwealth Avenue Improvements Proposed In Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A portion of Commonwealth Avenue in the Rosemont area is scheduled to be repaved in 2021, and the city is seeking feedback on improvements that could go along with it.

The city’s Transportation & Environmental Services Department presented draft design plans for the Commonwealth Avenue Complete Streets Project with improvements aimed at better accommodating all roadway users. The improvements would apply on portions of the road between Braddock Road and King Street.

A draft map of the potential improvements shows new high visibility pedestrian crossings are being considered at various intersections along Commonwealth Avenue, as well as traffic-calming measures. Another improvement shown in the design plans is the replacement of curb ramps with ADA-compliant ones. Residents can view the draft design proposal with detailed images of different intersections.

According to a Sept. 28 virtual presentation on the project, staff decided not to move forward with the extension of the bike lane between Oak Street and Braddock Road. The bike lane extension would require the removal of parking space.

Public feedback in spring 2019 helped inform the draft design plan. A survey with 141 responses offered insight into community concerns such as people driving too fast, difficulty crossing the street, people not stopping at stop signs or yielding to pedestrians, difficulty seeing because or poor or blocked views at the intersection, traffic queuing from the King Street intersection, pedestrians and bicyclists not obeying traffic laws and more.

The top desired change was adding or upgrading crosswalks, followed by an “other” option with suggestions like improving

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DOL’s Proposed Rule on Independent Contractors

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partners Harris Mufson and Allan Bloom discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed new rule on independent contractor classification.  In recent years, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors has been the subject of a number of private lawsuits and investigations by government agencies.  This is true for traditional industries and also companies within the gig economy, which rely heavily on independent contractors.  So be sure to tune in as we address how this proposed rule may impact employers’ classification of workers.

Harris Mufson:  Welcome to The Proskauer Brief: Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law.  I’m Harris Mufson and on today’s episode I’m joined by Allan Bloom and we’re going to discuss the Department of Labor’s proposed new rule on independent contractor’s classification.  So Allan, Employment Law really divides workers into two categories: one employees and the others independent contractors, and the Department of Labor has proposed a new rule regarding the classification of workers as independent contractors.  Can you describe that rule?

Allan Bloom:  Harris that’s right. Employees are generally covered by the federal wage and hour laws so that means minimum wage that means overtime pay but independent contractors are not covered so whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is a major issue under the wage and hour laws in addition to a number of other laws. Particularly in the last few years the misclassification of workers as independent contractors has been the subject of a number of private lawsuits a number of investigations by government labor agencies and tax agencies and this is not only in traditional industries but also in businesses within the gig economy or the on-demand economy that rely heavily on independently contracted workers.  So the legal rights of these types of

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‘Employee’ or ‘independent contractor’? DOL proposed definitions could save companies millions

A new U.S. Department of Labor proposal aimed at clarifying whether workers should be classified as “employees” or “independent contractors” could have a major impact on how companies do business and pay their workers – although there are a number of “ifs” associated with the proposition.

“The Department’s proposal aims to bring clarity and consistency to the determination of who’s an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Once finalized, it will make it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while respecting the decision other workers make to pursue the freedom and entrepreneurialism associated with being an independent contractor.”

“The rule we proposed today continues our work to simplify the compliance landscape for businesses and to improve conditions for workers,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “The Department believes that streamlining and clarifying the test to identify independent contractors will reduce worker misclassification, reduce litigation, increase efficiency, and increase job satisfaction and flexibility.”

Announced on Sept. 22, the DOL’s proposed rule would:

  • Adopt an “economic reality” test to determine a worker’s status as an FLSA employee or an independent contractor. The test considers whether a worker is in business for himself or herself (independent contractor) or is economically dependent on a putative employer for work (employee)
  • Identify and explain two “core factors” — specifically the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work, and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative and/or investment. Those factors help determine if a worker is economically dependent on someone else’s business or is in business for himself or herself;
  • Identify three other factors that may serve as additional guideposts in the analysis: the amount of skill required for the work; the degree of permanence of the working
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