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"Sharing Economy" Jobs Share Same Independent Contractor Issues as "Regular Economy"

A CNN op-ed piece caught my eye recently as it discussed some of the difficulties the so-called millennial generation is having in Silicon Valley and elsewhere when it comes to finding gainful employment. It paints a very...more

Uber, Lyft Decisions Highlight Difficulty of Classifying Workers in the Modern Economy

“The test the California courts have developed over the 20th Century for classifying workers isn’t very helpful in addressing . . . 21st Century problem[s].” So concluded the court in Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., one of two...more

Uber-Complicated: Insurance Challenges for Transportation Network Companies

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) facilitate the use of personal vehicles to transport passengers for a fee using a technology based platform, such as a website or a mobile application to connect riders and drivers. The...more

Uber, Lyft “Employee or Independent Contractor” Cases Provide Classification Lessons for All Employers

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As our “on-demand” society continues to develop and services are offered in ever new and more convenient ways, businesses must remain mindful of the traditional factors...more

Sharing-economy Business Models Challenged – Uber and Lyft

O’Connor et al v Uber Technologies Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, 11 March 2015 C-13-3826 EMC, Judge Edward M. Chen...Cotter et al v Lyft, Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, 11...more

Uber and Lyft Lose Key Motions in California Independent Contractor Class Actions; Decisions Have Far-Reaching Implications for...

March 11, 2015 was a tough day for Uber and Lyft. Federal court judges in California issued separate decisions yesterday in class action lawsuits brought by drivers of Uber and Lyft who allege that those companies...more

TAXI! Uber and Lyft Sued in Memphis

Adding to a growing number of lawsuits around the country, a Memphis taxi company has filed a class action against Uber and Lyft for unlawfully interfering with its business....more

Uber and Lyft Face Class Action Suit in Memphis for Ride Sharing Services

The City of Memphis is the site of the latest legal challenge to the peer-to-peer ride sharing services offered by Uber and Lyft. On March 4th, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Uber and Lyft on behalf of all...more

Uber and Lyft Drivers: Employees, Independent Contractors, or Something Else Entirely?

Disruptive “technology” companies Uber and Lyft were back in court recently doing their best to ensure their business models are not upended by a ruling that their drivers should be classified as employees rather than...more

Bumpy Ride: How Rideshare Programs Are Challenging Worker Classification and Raising Questions About a Potential Need to Modernize...

Rideshare services, which typically work by having users arrange rides using mobile apps on their phones with drivers who decide whether they want to provide a ride to a user at their discretion, have grown immensely in...more

Is it Any Surprise to Anyone that Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Employees?

Why is anyone surprised to learn that the judges hearing two class actions involving Uber and Lyft drivers in California are leaning towards holding that the drivers are employees, and not independent contractors? At the...more

Executive Labor Summary - November/December 2014

NEWS & ANALYSIS - NLRB changes longstanding rule for deferral to arbitration awards - The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy December with four major new developments. We have already reported on two of the...more

New Jersey’s Proposed Ridesharing Insurance Requirements May Simplify Coverage Litigation

In the midst of price wars and resistance from municipalities with a strong traditional taxi presence, so-called “ridesharing” companies—such as Uber and Lyft—must now navigate the initial legislative steps towards regulation...more

National League of Cities Issues Report on the Sharing Economy

The National League of Cities has released a report on the current climate across the nation with regard to the “sharing economy” that may provide localities who are dealing with these issues potential templates to follow....more

Status Updates - November 2014 #3

..Lyfted documents? Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies that are both expanding rapidly and trying to take business away from traditional taxis in cities across the nation, have never been on the best of terms. Their...more

Recent Transportation Network Company Ordinances in Austin, Houston and Washington, D.C. Display Variety of Regulatory Approaches

While regulation governing transportation network companies continues to be hashed out at the state levels and in the courts, cities are increasingly establishing their own local regulatory frameworks for ridesharing...more

New California Law Sets the Stage for Insurance Regulation of Uber, Lyft

The emergence and success of ridesharing companies has sparked questions and debates over the gaps in insurance coverage created when private drivers offer commercial driving services. Ridesharing companies – such as Lyft,...more

New Ridesharing Legislation Highlights Insurance Uncertainty in Emerging Industries

Managing a company’s exposure to new types of risks is often a complicated endeavor. We’ve previously reported on the uncertainty that can arise when existing coverage models are applied to a new risk—such as losses arising...more

CPUC Determines Carpooling Services of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Violate California Law

The California Public Utilities Commission recently sent letters to transportation network companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar asking them to cease operations of their new carpooling features, on grounds that the companies are...more

New Insurance Regulations for Transportation Network Companies

The insurance requirements for transportation network companies operating in California, including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, were increased under an amendment signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law requires drivers of...more

Discussion: How Should Cities Address Emerging Technologies Such as Uber & Lyft, Airbnb, Drones, e-Cigarettes and More?

New technologies are constantly emerging and creating novel issues, and opportunities, for local governments. These technologies come in many forms and service various markets, often threatening to disrupt the status quo and...more

August 2014 Monthly Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline development are the seismic decisions, issued on August 27, 2014 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, concluding as a matter of law that FedEx Ground had misclassified over 2,300 drivers...more

Uber, Lyft Stop The Childish Shenanigans – Go Sit In Time Out And Reflect On Your Code Of Ethics Training

I initially planned to start this blog with a gung-ho confession and killer title – “Uber: Master Strategizer Or Master Espionage Artist?! Code Of Ethics Training Needed To Save The Day!” Super exciting, right? It just has an...more

Week in Review

Move over World Cup. Discipline based on employee social media activities is taking center stage this week. Well, maybe the World Cup has a few more headlines, but you can follow the links below to read four articles from...more

"The Emergence of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in North Carolina: An Overview of Key Legal Distinctions Between Digital Dispatch...

By now, most people have at least heard of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other modern taxicab alternatives, even if they have not experienced for themselves the innovative services that enable customers to virtually “hail a ride”...more

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