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Uber and Lyft Drivers Bring Class Action against Companies’ Terminating Services in Austin

Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. filed two proposed class actions in California on June 9, 2016, after the companies suddenly removed their services from Austin, Texas following new regulations....more

Set Pickup Location: Uber Is Coming to Retail

On-demand delivery services, such as Uber and its competitors Lyft and Postmates, are increasingly taking steps that have the potential to offer a counterpunch to online retailers such as Amazon and may shake up the brick and...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

Uber Class Action Lawsuit. Are Drivers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Recently, the ride-sharing program, Uber decided to settle two major class-actions lawsuits, filed in California and Massachusetts. These cases will help define how the company classifies drivers in the future....more

Sharing is caring: Are Uber, Lyft drivers independent contractors?

Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.13.16

We learned yesterday of the effect that broken mergers are having on some hedge funds. Now comes news that, like many other institutional investors, large US insurance companies are yanking huge sums of money out of their...more

Uber hit with class action case for sending political texts to customers

Uber Technologies, Inc. was hit with another class action lawsuit last week for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent text messages to its customers without prior written consent....more

Can SafeHer, a Women-For-Women Ridesharing Company, Overcome the Challenges of Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Despite lawsuits and persistent legal uncertainties, the “sharing economy” is booming, and the companies at its forefront continue to grow. Some of these businesses are a natural complement to the hotel industry, while...more

April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

Uber Willing to Pay $100 Million to Keep Its Drivers Classified as Independent Contractors

Recently, Uber announced that it agreed to pay drivers in California and Massachusetts $100 million in an effort to ensure that the drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. In just six years, Uber has...more

Uber Tries to “Lyft” Itself Out of Two Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits By Settling for Up To $100 Million – But...

Only two weeks after a federal court judge in California rejected a proposed $12.25 million independent contractor misclassification settlement between Lyft and its drivers in California because it “shortchanged” the drivers...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Spring 2016

Employee versus Independent Contractor: The Latest - Courts have been dealing with the issue of whether a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor for many years. The common law established specific...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

Blog: #Insurtech, And The Emergence Of Peer-To-Peer Insurance

Insurers and insurance distributors don’t usually think of themselves as emerging companies. These industries “emerged” more than 300 years ago; and they’ve been growing and developing ever since. So why is Cooley being asked...more

Listen up white-hats–Uber is paying bug bounty

Uber recently announced that it has launched a bug bounty program that will pay white-hat hackers up to $10,000 for exposure of information that identifies “critical issues,” such as Social Security numbers, credit card...more

The “Sharing Economy” Creeps into Retail

Millenials are having an increasing impact on the retail industry. Reports estimate that the generation’s, defined as people born between 1982 and 2004, spending will soon account for approximately 30% of all retail sales, as...more

Opposition to Lyft’s $12.25 Million Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement May Cause Court to Nix the Deal

Papers were filed in court today formally opposing the deal that Lyft agreed to with the lawyers representing over 100,000 Lyft drivers in their class action brought in the federal court in San Francisco. The objectors were...more

Gig Economy Threatened By Proposed Legislation for Collective Bargaining Rights

Gig economy workers would gain the right to collectively bargain for benefits and wages under groundbreaking legislative amendments introduced in California this week by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). The...more

Oficinas compartidas: ¿el “Uber” de los inmuebles comerciales?

El nuevo consumo colaborativo está cambiando la forma en que los negocios se han hecho tradicionalmente en todas las industrias. El negocio de inmuebles comerciales no es una excepción. Así como Uber y Lyft han afectado la...more

Canadian Employment News Series: Top 5 Canadian Employment Law Trends for 2016

Having recently reflected on the Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015, we have now compiled a list of five significant Canadian employment law trends that employers can expect to see in 2016....more

Insure Your Risk as an Airbnb Host

As Bay Area residents prepared for thousands of football fans and media to descend on their region for the Super Bowl, one began to hear the sorts of rumblings that typically precede big events. Traffic will be terrible....more

Shared Office Space – The “Uber” of Commercial Real Estate?

The new sharing economy is changing the way business has traditionally been done across industries. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Just like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the hired car industry and Airbnb...more

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