Gig Workers Get New Allies In Fight For Better Pay And Workplace Rights: Uber And Lyft

This post was originally published on this siteIn a development many wouldn’t find surprising, a collation of forces announced this week that they would like to see ride-sharing drivers for Uber and Lyft receive a guaranteed base wage, flexible benefits, and a new drivers’ association to lend a united voice to represent their interests. What … Read moreGig Workers Get New Allies In Fight For Better Pay And Workplace Rights:
Uber And Lyft

California Bill To Codify ABC Test Passes First Hurdle

This post was originally published on this siteEarlier this week, the California Assembly overwhelmingly passed AB5 – a measure that would codify the ABC test introduced to the state in last year’s Dynamex decision, and make life even more challenging for the average gig economy business. The best hope now is that the legislature will … Read moreCalifornia Bill To Codify ABC Test Passes First Hurdle

Some States Start To Permit Portable Benefits For Gig Workers

This post was originally published on this siteThere’s a great story in today’s Bloomberg Law by Genevieve Douglas highlighting the recent trend of states permitting self-employed workers – such as gig economy contractors – to enjoy the fruits of a paid family leave program on a portable basis. This can only be good news for … Read moreSome States Start To Permit Portable Benefits For Gig Workers

Labor Department Faces Blowback After Gig Economy Opinion Letter

This post was originally published on this siteAccording to Bloomberg Law’s weekly “Punching In” column (an absolute must-read each week) that published today, some congressional leaders are not too pleased with the Labor Department after it published an opinion letter a few weeks ago confirming that certain workers for an unnamed gig economy company were … Read moreLabor Department Faces Blowback After Gig Economy Opinion Letter

Good Step For Gig Companies: Advice Memo From NLRB’s General Counsel Concludes That Uber Drivers Are Contractors

This post was originally published on this siteIt’s been a roller coaster two weeks for gig economy companies. On April 29, the U.S. Department of Labor handed gig economy companies a nice outcome by issuing an opinion letter confirming that typical gig workers are, indeed, independent contractors. Just days later, the 9th Circuit spoiled the … Read moreGood Step For Gig Companies: Advice Memo From NLRB’s General Counsel
Concludes That Uber Drivers Are Contractors

California Opinion Letter Extends Dynamex Reach

This post was originally published on this siteIt’s been a busy week on the Dynamex front, and the news for businesses continues to get worse. As we recently discussed, the 9th Circuit held just last week that Dynamex and the ABC test should be applied retroactively. The very next day, California’s Division of Labor Standards … Read moreCalifornia Opinion Letter Extends Dynamex Reach

Look It Up: ‘Gig Economy’ Is Added To The Dictionary

This post was originally published on this siteThe gig economy has become so prevalent in today’s society that it is not likely many people will still wonder “what IS the gig economy?” However, if someone does still have that question, they are in luck. Merriam-Webster recently announced that it has officially added “gig economy” to … Read moreLook It Up: ‘Gig Economy’ Is Added To The Dictionary

In Big Loss For Gig Companies, 9th Circuit Says Dynamex And ABC Test Should Be Applied Retroactively

This post was originally published on this siteThere’s no way to sugarcoat this one. Today the 9th Circuit handed a big loss to gig economy companies by concluding that last year’s Dynamex decision from the California Supreme Court and its wide-reaching ABC test should be applied retroactively. That means that the ABC test – which … Read moreIn Big Loss For Gig Companies, 9th Circuit Says Dynamex And ABC Test Should
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Everything’s (Gig)ger in Texas: New State Law Classifies Gig Workers As Contractors

This post was originally published on this siteThe confusion surrounding worker classification is not a new topic for any gig economy employer. Whether gig workers are classified as employees or independent contractors is a constant battle businesses face both in the legislature and the judiciary. But independent contractor classification may have just gotten a little … Read moreEverything’s (Gig)ger in Texas: New State Law Classifies Gig Workers As
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Round One of Critical New Prime Battle Goes To Gig Businesses

This post was originally published on this siteGreat news for gig economy businesses from an Illinois federal court: a judge recently ruled that Grubhub’s delivery drivers were not operating in “interstate commerce,” and therefore were not excluded from the company’s mandatory arbitration agreement. The March 28 ruling is one of the first decisions on this … Read moreRound One of Critical New Prime Battle Goes To Gig Businesses

Building Blocks For A Successfully Blended Workforce

This post was originally published on this siteIf you have been keeping an eye on growing trends in the gig economy, you know that around a third of workers reportedly use contract or freelance gigs as their primary source of income, and that this number is only expected to grow in 2019 and beyond. You … Read moreBuilding Blocks For A Successfully Blended Workforce

Shadow of Dynamex Creeps Over Uber’s Proposed $20M Million Settlement

This post was originally published on this siteLast week, we shared with you the news of Uber’s proposed $20 million settlement to resolve a long-running misclassification claim – the parties agreed to the deal, and they just needed the approval of a federal court judge (read the entire post here). Of course, nothing is finalized … Read moreShadow of Dynamex Creeps Over Uber’s Proposed $20M Million Settlement

Lyft’s IPO Warns About Misclassification Risks And Local Regulations

This post was originally published on this siteLyft recently filed for an initial public offering with the hopes of raising as much as $2.1 billion. As part of its registration statement for its IPO, Lyft acknowledged the company could be negatively impacted by several potential business risks. The filing acknowledged not only increased and intense … Read moreLyft’s IPO Warns About Misclassification Risks And Local Regulations

Recent SCOTUS Case Swift-ly Comes Home To Roost For Transportation Company

This post was originally published on this siteThe $100 million settlement announced Monday by a transportation company to resolve a long-running misclassification claim might be the direct result of a January Supreme Court decision, and might be a troubling harbinger of things to come for many gig economy businesses. Swift Transportation paid the massive sum … Read moreRecent SCOTUS Case Swift-ly Comes Home To Roost For Transportation Company

When Does A $20 Million Settlement Feel Like A Bargain? Uber Shows You How

This post was originally published on this siteWhen the news broke today that Uber had agreed to pay a group of drivers $20 million to settle a long-running misclassification claim, you could be forgiven for thinking that the deal sounded like a massive blow to the gig economy giant. After all, $20 million is a … Read moreWhen Does A $20 Million Settlement Feel Like A Bargain? Uber Shows You How

The See-Saw World of Uber’s Arbitration Agreement Again Tips In Uber’s Favor

This post was originally published on this siteEver since Uber became part of our everyday world, the mandatory arbitration agreement it requires its independent contractor drivers to sign has been under constant scrutiny—and attack. A recent decision, however, fell in the gig economy company’s favor, presenting a good lesson for all gig economy companies. Please … Read moreThe See-Saw World of Uber’s Arbitration Agreement Again Tips In Uber’s
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4 Things You Need To Know About Grubhub Plaintiff’s Reply Brief

This post was originally published on this siteRegular readers of this blog know about the Grubhub gig economy misclassification litigation. The quick version: Grubhub squared off with a former driver, Raef Lawson, in the nation’s first-ever gig economy misclassification trial in late 2017, leading to a victory for Grubhub in February 2018. Things took a … Read more4 Things You Need To Know About Grubhub Plaintiff’s Reply Brief

Contractor Agreements Not Worth The Paper They’re Printed On, Part 785

This post was originally published on this siteYou can have the best independent contractor agreement in the world. You can hire the best gig economy lawyers in the country (ask us, we have some ideas) to draft the absolute crown jewel of a document for you, capturing the latest and greatest legal developments and considering … Read moreContractor Agreements Not Worth The Paper They’re Printed On, Part 785

Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Already Lining Up To Weaponize Latest SCOTUS Ruling Against Gig Economy Companies

This post was originally published on this siteAfter the Supreme Court ruled a few weeks ago that independent contractors working “in interstate commerce” were exempt from arbitration pacts due to a broad interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act (New Prime v. Oliveira), I wrote a blog post about how labor law commentator Ross Runkel wondered … Read morePlaintiffs’ Attorneys Already Lining Up To Weaponize Latest SCOTUS Ruling
Against Gig Economy Companies

Latest Labor Board Decision A Step In The Right Direction, But Not A Magic Bullet

This post was originally published on this siteI recently wrote about the January 25 decision from the National Labor Relations Board that makes it easier for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors (SuperShuttle DFW, Inc.). You can read the full article here. In a nutshell, now that the Board is comprised of Trump … Read moreLatest Labor Board Decision A Step In The Right Direction, But Not A Magic
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