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Phase One Of Grubhub Trial Ends; Waiting Game Begins

by Fisher Phillips on

The evidentiary phase of the Grubhub misclassification trial ended last week; now the gig economy world waits with baited breath for a final ruling. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this could be the first time the...more

A Look-In At The Halfway Point In The Critical GrubHub Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

As readers of this blog know, we are right in the midst of one of the most significant legal developments for the gig economy. For the first time, a judge is being asked to definitely decide at trial whether a typical...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor Issue 6 Summer 2017

XYZ Logistics has certainly had its share of labor troubles lately. Its truck drivers have been represented by the Teamsters for decades, and it has been bargaining a new union contract for what seems like forever. The...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 63 - Employee v. IC: Dual Role of Agent and Small Fleet Owner

by Benesch on

The ‘Agent Model’ is commonly used by motor carriers operating with independent contractors (“ICs”) to increase capacity in various markets. The model allows the motor carrier to align certain increased costs; e.g., sales,...more

Motor Carriers Get Small Reprieve in Electronic Logging Device Implementation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Trucking companies will receive a small reprieve when it comes to implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) rule that takes effect on Dec. 18, 2017. The rule,...more

Unions Win Next Round In Seattle Gig Worker Organizing Battle

by Fisher Phillips on

Chalk this round up to the unions. In a pair of decisions issued last week, a Seattle federal judge ruled that Seattle’s January 2016 Ordinance that seeks to allow for-hire drivers to form unions and collectively bargain with...more

Fifth Circuit Derails Reverse Discrimination Claims Against Amtrak

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

White male discontent has been a major media talking point since the presidential election, and even long before. This talking point has made its way into the workplace, where tech firms are now being targeted for allegedly...more

The Gig Economy Can Also Satisfy Your Late-Night Cravings

by Fisher Phillips on

Late one night, you request a Lyft ride home, but at the same time, you suddenly develop a craving for a delicious Crunchwrap Supreme. What do you do? Fret not: Lyft is testing a new ride-sharing experience that is certain to...more

Live! Legislative Updates

In our first two newsletters, we offered thoughts and predictions on the Trump Legislative Agenda. Here are a few updates...more

The Sky’s Now the Limit: E-Verify for Airport Operators

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USCIS has released an E-Verify Quick Reference Guide For Airport Operators. Under the Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-190, airport operators can now apply to have...more

DOT Backs Away From Rulemaking on “Safety Sensitive Positions” in Highway and Rail Transportation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOT has withdrawn its rulemaking on safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation. This week the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its March 10, 2016 Advance Notice of...more

Will Dealerships And Third-Party Detailers Continue To Face Increased DOL Scrutiny?

by Fisher Phillips on

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) placed special emphasis on scrutinizing the alleged misclassification of independent contractors and joint employer relationships. Dealerships were notably...more

Court Ruling Means We’re One Step Closer To A Unionized Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The battle over organizing workers in the on-demand economy continues to heat up. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others challenging the City of Seattle’s...more

Christie Vetoes Expansion of New Jersey Family Leave & Increased Minimum Wage

by Genova Burns LLC on

On July 21, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed two bills that would have expanded New Jersey’s pioneering paid Family Leave Act and raised minimum wage for certain transportation center service...more

Class Action Suits Against Massachusetts Car Dealers on the Rise

by Mintz Levin on

Spurred by a recent change in a Massachusetts wage and hour regulation, plaintiffs’ attorneys are aggressively pursuing class action lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime premium pay on behalf of car salespeople across the...more

Good Work, The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

by Dechert LLP on

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published this week and this update reports on its detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law in terms of its application to those who are engaged other than as...more

New Oregon Withholding Tax on Periodic Payments

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of its major transportation bill (HB 2017), the Oregon legislature last week adopted a new statewide payroll tax that also applies to “periodic payments,” starting July 1, 2018. The new tax will fund public transit...more

How the Supreme Court's Travel Ban Order Will Impact Businesses

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently stayed portions of two (2) U.S. Circuit Court opinions and allowed parts of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. Foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,...more

New Oregon Payroll Withholding Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of its major transportation bill (HB 2017), the Oregon legislature last week adopted a new statewide payroll tax, starting July 1, 2018, to fund public transit projects throughout the state. Every employer will be...more

The Ultimate Misclassification Showdown Could Be Right Around The Corner

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig employers returning from the Fourth of July holiday were in for a rude awakening when they learned about the fireworks that just went down in a California federal court. Right before the holiday weekend, Judge Jacqueline...more

NAS Releases Its Compliance Safety Accountability System Report - Proposed Legislation May Further Impact the Use of the Program's...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may overhaul how it evaluates the safety of the carriers it regulates following the release of a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and...more

USDOT Proposals May Help Reduce the Shortage of Drivers by Making it Easier to Obtain a Commercial Driver's License

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It is common knowledge that a shortage of qualified drivers is a chronic problem in the trucking industry. For instance, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has estimated that there are 48,000 open jobs in the...more

Immigration Alert: Travel Ban Partially Reinstated

by Vedder Price on

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order banning visa issuance and travel to the United States for all refugees and travelers from seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) for...more

Supreme Court Partially Revives President’s Travel Ban, But Imposes Limitations

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that portions of the controversial Executive Order No. 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (known informally as the “travel ban”),...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

by Benesch on

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

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