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FAA’s commercial drone application process to be audited by the DOT

While by law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval, § 33 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, permits the FAA...more

Royal Navy Warship launches 3D Drone

University of Southampton engineers recently launched a 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle from a Royal Navy warship to show the potential use of lightweight drones during sea missions....more

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced on its website that it was stepping up enforcement actions against individuals and organizations that operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as...more

Game of Drones: UAV Entertainment and the FAA

With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) (also called drones) anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar industry in a few years, many are betting that drone gaming will explode as the next big thing in competitive...more

Federal Highway Administration Publishes CM/GC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA") issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") related to the construction manager/general contractor ("CM/GC") method of contracting. The NPRM is a long-awaited...more

Declaring War on Drones: Is it a Crime to Shoot Down a Drone over Your Property?

Trying to avoid the sweltering heat, “Uncle Jesse” Duke was in the garage working on his moonshine operation when he heard a loud shriek in the backyard. He ran to the back to find his niece, Daisy, sunbathing by the pool....more

The Competition and Markets Authority's consultation on "Competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain" - On 17 July...

On 17 July 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its consultation document regarding competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain. This followed its announcement in January that it intended to...more

First meeting of drone privacy stakeholders; will it result in any privacy guidelines?

In a previous post, we discussed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed drone regulations, and now, on August 3, 2015, the first drone privacy stakeholder meeting ensued in Washington, D.C., led by the National...more

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

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