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Creating Worker Loyalty in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

With the rise of “Uber-ization” of the workforce in the gig economy, many companies, including Fortune 500 firms and IT companies, are adopting a freelance model for its workforce. It’s understandable why businesses would be...more

Judge OK’s $8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in...more

Study Shows The Gig Economy Isn’t Just For Start-Ups

by Fisher Phillips on

When most hear the phrase “gig economy,” they immediately think about giants like Lyft and Uber. Personally, I use Lyft and Uber often while traveling and enjoy talking to drivers about why they choose to work in the gig...more

San Francisco Encourages Worker Empowerment with New Gig Economy Guidance

by Fisher Phillips on

When it comes to passing new laws designed to protect workers, San Francisco is one of the busiest municipalities in the country. In recent years, the City has passed ordinances addressing paid sick leave, lactation in 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

Gig Employers, Arbitration Agreements, and the Power of the “Click”

by Fisher Phillips on

How important is your businesses’ terms of service (TOS) agreement, usually presented to users of your business model through a process requiring them to click “I agree” before they can access your platform? A recent case...more

August 2017: The Top 11 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 the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North Carolina law, the Act does...more

NLRB Fires Shot At Handy, Taking Aim At Gig Economy In General

by Fisher Phillips on

Josh Eidelson from Bloomberg reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against gig economy mainstay Handy earlier this week, alleging that the on-demand workers who provide home cleaning...more

New Case Shows That “Uber-ization” of Workforce Could Lead to Misclassification Challenges

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about a recent NLRB decision where the Board found a group of workers who provide video content services for the display board at Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games to be incorrectly...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

Labor Board Dunks On Employer’s Contractor Classification Attempt - NBA’s Timberwolves Foul Out In Front Of NLRB

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling sure to leave businesses and gig economy companies crying foul, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that workers producing electronic video display content for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves were...more

Rumors of the Death of the Gig Economy Are Greatly Exaggerated

by Fisher Phillips on

Now that the US economy is showing signs of recovery, especially in the area of job creation, some observers have noted that the pool of available contingent workers appears to be shrinking, as workers return to more...more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...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

At Least the Millennials Aren’t Killing the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Over the past few months, many essays, blog posts, and articles have lamented over the apparent homicidal nature of Millennials. From brunch to wine corks, the “things” Millennials have killed is far-reaching. The formula is...more

Gig Economy Can Harness Power From Refugees And Immigrants

by Fisher Phillips on

As the U.S. unemployment continues to drop to pre-recession levels, the supply of motivated and qualified workers is tightening. Gig economy businesses competing for a shrinking supply of labor may want to consider turning to...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

Could A Proposed Federal Law Solve The Misclassification Riddle?

by Fisher Phillips on

For years, businesses have struggled with properly identifying workers as either independent contractors or W-2 employees. The hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the gig economy have complicated matters even further....more

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the...more

The Sharing Economy and Discrimination: Part Deux

by Fisher Phillips on

In a follow-up to our discussion earlier this summer regarding discrimination and the sharing economy, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently settled a charge of discrimination with a sharing...more

IT Companies and the Uber-ization of the Workforce

by Fisher Phillips on

With the rise of the gig economy, IT companies are taking the approach many employers in the gig economy have taken in structuring their workforce. In an industry where full-time and part-time employees cohabit in the same...more

July 2017: The Top 12 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 the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...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

In what direction will Uber drive SA labour laws?

by Hogan Lovells on

The recent CCMA ruling in favour of Uber drivers now heads to the Labour Court. This is an extremely important case as South African labour laws for the first time now come "Head-to-Bot" with the fourth industrial revolution....more

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