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Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

NPR Report Discusses Growing Interest In Portable Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last week, NPR aired a story discussing the governmental efforts to bring portable benefits to gig workers...more

The future of work: using the gig economy to your advantage

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One of the more interesting recent developments in relation to work has been the continual rise and development of the gig economy – that is, workers developing niche areas of specialist expertise, but having careers...more

Compliance Lessons From Uber: Takeaways for Tech Startups

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

While the media has widely covered the resignation of Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick, it has largely ignored important lessons that tech startups can draw from Uber’s experience. In fact, the series of events leading up to...more

NYC’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Might End Up Impacting Businesses Across the Country

by Fisher Phillips on

Many workers are leaving the comfort and stability of traditional 9 to 5 jobs in favor of more flexible options. This paradigm shift may be new to the general public, but it certainly does not appear to be a passing fad. In...more

The Law On Demand

by Fisher Phillips on

The on demand economy is now far more expansive than transportation or food delivery. In fact, lawyers now make up a growing aspect of this market as an increasing number make themselves available as “contract attorneys”...more

Next Crack In The Wall: NY Uber Drivers Held To Be Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Back in October, we reported that there appeared to be the first crack in the wall when it came to classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. At that time, it was reported that the New York...more

The Sharing Economy And Discrimination Concerns: What Can You Do?  

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent studies have reported that race and gender disparities are not uncommon in the sharing economy. For example, it’s been reported that some gig workers were discriminating against customers with names that “sounded...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Seniority Matters - There is little doubt that activity in the trading of secondary shares of private companies remains robust. Private companies are staying private longer and there seems to be an unlimited demand to buy...more

Not Yet Time To Pop Champagne Corks After IC Guidance Withdrawn

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor dropped a bit of a bombshell when it announced the immediate withdrawal of two informal guidance letters issued back when President Obama governed the executive branch. The 2015...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

DOL Trashes Obama-Era “Guidance”

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Wednesday the DOL announced that it was withdrawing two critical pieces of “guidance” issued under the Obama administration. The first piece addressed the DOL’s rather narrow view of who is an independent contractor (S&H...more

The Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, and New York Law

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

The gig economy (on-demand work) is a disruptive factor in many industries, including the housing market (Airbnb, Homeaway), transportation services (Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via), delivery services (Postmates, Caviar, Instacart),...more

Labor Department Withdraws Independent Contractor Misclassification Guidance Issued in 2015: What Does this Mean for Businesses...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Earlier yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a short, 3-sentence News Release where the recently-confirmed Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, announced that he has withdrawn the Labor Department’s formal guidance on...more

Texas Two-Step: Gig Businesses In The Lone Star State Get Two Pieces Of Good News

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig economy companies in Texas were on the receiving end of two pieces of good news in the last several weeks. Most recently, the state legislature passed and the governor signed into law a bill that will all but assure...more

Enjoy The Ride! Texas Ride-Sharing Businesses Can Now Escape Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law a measure that will regulate ride-sharing companies (H.B. 100) by establishing a consistent statewide framework to govern such businesses. The good news for ride-sharing...more

May 2017: The Top 10 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. May 2017 was no different, with...more

Businesses Need To Keep Rewriting Rules To Keep Pace With Rapid Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent article citing the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report notes that “the accelerating rate of change in business, the economy, and society challenges both business and HR to adopt new rules for leading,...more

New Florida Statute Regulates the Ride-Sharing Industry and Classifies Drivers as Independent Contractors

by FordHarrison on

The Florida Legislature recently enacted legislation regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as “ride-sharing” companies. Under the new statute, TNCs will be able to lawfully classify their...more

Can Contracts for Those Working in the Gig Economy Move With the Legal Tide?

by Reed Smith on

The status of those working in the ‘gig economy’, whether they are genuinely self-employed or, in reality, workers or employees with greater employment law rights, has become a highly charged issue – and one increasingly the...more

Everything Old Is New Again: Sharing Economy Companies Start Hiring W-2 Employees Instead Of Contractors

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig companies – at least some – are discovering the upside to hiring W-2 employees. Wait, what? Well, as it turns out, for some companies that rely on repeat business, there appears to be a potential argument in favor of...more

What California Bills Survived the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed recently, this was a significant week in the California Legislature, as the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees decided the fate of hundreds of bills in announcing which bills made it off the...more

Littler Global Guide - United Kingdom - Q1 2017

by Littler on

New Rules on Regulatory References Come Into Force - Enacted Legislation - The new rules on Regulatory References came into force on March 7, 2017. The intention of these rules, which apply to full-scope regulatory...more

Federal Legislation Seeks to Advance Portable Benefits for Gig Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Several weeks ago, we asked if the concept of portable benefits for gig economy workers was one step closer to reality, with rumors swirling of imminent federal legislation forthcoming. Well, this issue just took a big leap...more

Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

by Littler on

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

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