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The NLRB’s “Radical” Joint Employer Decision Is The Biggest Win For Unions In Years

Yesterday, in Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled 30 years of authority on the issue of joint employers. In a decision which two Board Members called the “most...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

American workers increasingly labor away in an independent contractor environment. Much controversy surrounds this, largely due to often-diminished compensation and the union-busting nature of how it is implemented. In San...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

Non-employees working on a company site are covered for workplace-related claims. But it’s important to seek medical care from the employer’s provider. American workers increasingly labor away in an independent...more

IREG Update - August 2015

Hot Topic: Re"visiting" the sharing economy - A primer on the insurance issues surrounding lodging sharing companies - Background Beginning in the early 2000's, social technologies enabled the emergence of new...more

Uber Takes A Ride Back To State Court: Federal Court Dismisses Conversion Claim, Remands Trade Secret Misappropriation Case Back...

Order on Motion to Remand, Kevin Halpern, et al., v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., 15-cv-02401-JSW (Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley) - Uber has faced its share of challenges of late, from the established taxi...more

Even if Uber Loses Class Certification Motion Today, All Is Not Lost for Ride-Sharing Tech Giant

August 6, 2015 may be a day that Uber drivers in California win preliminary approval of their motion for class certification in their independent contractor misclassification lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in...more

Avoiding Uber Trouble via Good Terms of Service

In a recent lawsuit, Uber Technologies Inc. is accused of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Uber misleads its users by: (1) falsely advertising its services as cheaper...more

July 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This July was another month where independent contractor compliance and misclassification was a topic that made front page news. Hillary Clinton placed independent contractor misclassification in the national spotlight when...more

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has gained both praise and notoriety for shaking up the taxi industry by allowing individuals who meet minimum requirements to provide an on-demand car service via the Uber mobile app. In...more

Employers beware—US Department of Labor issues a shot across the bow to those using independent contractors

Does your business engage independent contractors? If so, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor (DOL) is putting you on notice that your business may be in the agency’s cross hairs. In a 15-page...more

Uber is Driving an Unknown Road: How Certain App Features Can Help

Last Friday, Homejoy—a startup that provided on-demand house cleaners—announced that it will be shutting down at the end of July. In an interview with Re/Code, Homejoy’s CEO attributed its fall to the recent Uber decision,...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #3

There’s just no rest for employment lawyers this summer. We had another exciting week. The biggest news was the EEOC’s ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The agency found that...more

Reining in Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rentals

Municipalities from New York to San Francisco are cracking down on the vacation-rental industry. Each city has approached the situation in a wildly different manner, but one factor remains the same: Restrictions on these...more

Independent Contractors And Overtime: The DOL Steps Into The Ring With Jarring New Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken a firm stance on two of the most controversial issues facing American employers: overtime compensation and misclassification of employees as independent contractors. ...more

DOL Outlines New "Economic Dependence" Test for Independent Contractors

The DOL continues to deliver on the promise of its busy summer. This morning, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator Dr. David Weil announced a new, 15-page Administrator’s Interpretation in a DOL blog...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

California Labor Commissioner Rejects Former Uber Driver’s “Independent Contractor” Status

On June 16 San Francisco-based rideshare service Uber Technologies filed notice that it intends to appeal a decision issued by the California Labor Commissioner earlier this month, which determined that a former driver should...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

California Court Rejects Alleged Joint Employers' "It Wasn't Me" Defense to Worker Misclassification Claims

Notwithstanding—and perhaps because of—the emergence of the so-called "sharing economy" and its proliferation of disruptive new business models, as well as calls to re-examine the traditional and familiar employee versus...more

FTC Workshop on the Sharing Economy: Insights and Promise

Following Commissioner Ohlhausen’s opening presentation, Stanford Professor Liran Einav introduced the first morning panel. It was moderated by Nathan Wilson, Economist for the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. Panelists beyond...more

FTC Sharing Economy Workshop: Ohlhausen Sets the Stage for Innovation

As we, and countless others, have previously written, peer-to-peer sharing services are transforming the world economy. As Tom Goodwin at Havas Media pointed out in March, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles,...more

May 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

May 2015 was one of the busiest months for independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases in the courts and administrative agencies – no less than a dozen cases including such well-known companies as BMW, the NFL and...more

IREG Update

With the rise of the so-called "sharing economy" comes a rise in risks to participants of all kinds, and to the companies that provide platforms for such "sharing." Over the last few years, the insurance risks evident in the...more

"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

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

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