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U.S. Navy first to launch and recover underwater drone in military operation

We have been watching the growth of drones in the sky and the FAA and states’ attempts to regulate them. Now we will start watching the growth of underwater drones. The USS North Dakota submarine sailed into Groton,...more

National Companies Considering Commercial Drones Must Consider State Privacy Laws

On Feb. 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a regulatory framework applicable to small commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, meaning those weighing less than 55 pounds. The comment period on this...more

CPUC Judge Finds Uber in Contempt, Threatens Suspension of Service

Uber may have to suspend service in California and pay a $7.3 million fine as a penalty for withholding information from state regulators, according to a ruling this week by a CPUC administrative law judge. The decision found...more

“On-Demand” Litigation Heats Up This Summer

This blog recently reported on the first wave of lawsuits challenging the classification of independent contractors in the “on-demand” economy. The second wave has now arrived, as numerous tech companies have been hit with...more

“Uber” Ruling Jars “Sharing Economy”

On June 3, 2015, Barbara Ann Berwick received a favorable ruling from a hearing officer for the California Labor Commissioner (the “CLC”) that the “ride sharing” company Uber must reimburse her for certain expenses...more

Labor Commissioner Finds Uber Driver To Be Employee, Not Independent Contractor

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner determined that an Uber driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, was considered an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor. As such, she was entitled to reimbursement in the...more

Uber Driver—Independent Contractor or Employee? One Labor Commissioner Hearing Officer's Opinion

A hearing officer for the Labor Commissioner’s local office in San Francisco concluded earlier this month that an Uber driver was an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor. As a result, the hearing officer awarded...more

Former Uber Driver Gets a Lyft from the Labor Commissioner

A California Labor Commissioner has ruled that one of San Francisco-based Uber’s drivers, Barbara Ann Berwick, is an employee, not an independent contractor. The Labor Commissioner awarded Berwick just over $4,000 for...more

Cleared for Takeoff: Do You Need FCC Permission to Operate that Drone?

In recent years, the drone industry has proliferated, enjoying exponential growth in popularity and technological sophistication. Drone technology available to the general public has become increasingly advanced. Now, drones...more

Uber Drivers as “Independent Contractors” – Maybe Not!

Employers face a variety of challenges when relying on “independent contractors.” Typically these disputes involve wages and/or hours worked or alleged entitlement to benefits. A recent case against Uber, however, brought a...more

Labor Commissioner's Uber Decision: A Reminder of Misclassification Dangers

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that a San Francisco-based driver for the popular ride coordination service Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), was an employee rather than an independent contractor....more

Uber Relieved or Uber Mad? What Does the Recent UBER Misclassification Ruling Mean for Employers?

Last week, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that Uber driver Barbara Berwick was an employee and not an independent contractor, as Uber classifies all its drivers. The ruling was based on the Labor Commissioner’s...more

Environmental Impact Assessments Don’t Have to Be Wise, But They May Not Assume Their Conclusion

In an important decision last week, United States District Judge Jorge Alonso rejected the Environmental Impact Statement for the Illiana Corridor Project, which would connect I55 in Illinois to I65 in Indiana. (And why...more

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver is an Employee

The debate over whether Uber drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors is ongoing, with multiple court cases vying to determine how the classification works going forward. Yet, the California Labor...more

Uber Independent Contractor Decision Will Have Broad Consequences For Employers In California

Earlier today, Uber Technologies, Inc. announced the decision of the California Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) finding that a driver was an employee, not an independent contractor. The...more

Drones: New Technology, New Opportunity?

The guidance states that drones recently “have emerged as a viable law enforcement tool.” In addition to affirming DOJ’s commitment to civil rights and privacy laws, the guidance imposes rules on who can order drone support...more

News from Second and State

On Monday, the House Children and Youth Committee sent H.B. 1276 (Watson, R-Bucks) to the House floor for a vote. The bill would remedy some of the issues arising as county and state agencies implement last year’s amendments...more

In Case of Emergency: Handling HazMat Violations

An unexpected fine for a hazardous materials violation can jolt a company. Even companies with robust systems for managing hazardous materials compliance can be surprised with a penalty due to the actions of a single employee...more

Mountain High Aviation receives approval from FAA to fly wildlife monitoring drones

On May 28, 2015, Mountain High Aviation LLC (MHA) received the okay from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its drones in U.S. airspace under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. MHA is a wildlife monitoring...more

DOJ releases guidelines on drone operation by federal law enforcement

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, as more commonly called, drones, by federal law enforcement. Currently, the FBI is the only agency using...more

Uber’s ADA Conundrum

When you think of Uber (or similar companies like Lyft and Sidecar) you probably think of a transportation company. You request a ride on the company’s app and a driver (in his own vehicle) picks you up. The nature of the...more

Florida drone bill passed into law, more concerns raised about its restrictions

At the end of April, we posted on the passing of S.B. 766 through the Florida State legislature, and now on May 14, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, in the State of...more

OFAC Issues Guidance Regarding the Parameters of Authorized Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba

On May 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance regarding travel between the United States and Cuba. In particular, the guidance clarifies that companies authorized to...more

Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program to Explore BVLOS and Urban Drone Operations

The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes...more

But We Did Everything Right?: Why Agreements with Shippers are Necessary for Carriers to Protect Themselves from...

As food transporters grapple with the myriad of compliance issues raised by the Food Safety Modernization Act and the FDA’s looming proposed “Food Safety Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” carriers...more

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