Sharing Economy

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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

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

Meal-Sharing Websites May Create Issues for Local Governments

Though companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Homeaway grab most of the headlines, the sharing economy is constantly expanding into new areas of daily life. At least four websites (EatWith, CookApp, Feastly , and Meal Sharing)...more

A Taxing Problem: How to Regulate Online Vacation Rental Marketplaces

In recent years, the “sharing economy” has developed across the country. It is largely unregulated and, as such, can operate contrary to the interests of local businesses and communities. These “sharing” services are complex...more

What Needs To Be Shared About the “Sharing Economy”

The sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as the peer-to-peer economy) is a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical resources. The idea is nothing new - humans have engaged in the business...more

Digital Insights & Trends: There’s an App for That – But Is It Legal?

The “sharing economy” is an e-commerce darling, making household names of companies like Airbnb and Lyft, with lesser-known businesses such as RelayRides and MoneyParking emerging daily. Also called the peer-to-peer business...more

Collaborative Consumption – Is It Good to Share?

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) business models based on the Internet and technology platforms have become increasingly innovative. As such models have proliferated, they frequently result in clashes with regulators or established...more

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