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Is This Your New Roadmap To Misclassification Success? Maybe.

by Fisher Phillips on

This is a big deal The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came down in favor of a sharing economy business in a misclassification case yesterday, ruling that a group of black-car drivers were independent contractors and not...more

Airbnb Taxation

by Moskowitz LLP on

In only 10 years, Airbnb has developed into a $31 billion industry with offices worldwide. To date, more than 100 million guests have shunned expensive hotels during their travels and instead choose the online booking service...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

March 2017: The 15 Biggest 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 it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. March 2017 was another month...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Happened to Health Care Reform and Where is the Department of Labor Headed?

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Republicans hoped to mark the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) enactment by passing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to dismantle it. Instead, facing the failure of a bill on the House...more

Will Workplaces Be Going Off The Rails On The Blockchain?

by Fisher Phillips on

What if I told you that technology with internet-like potential will soon lead to a seismic revolution in our society, including the workplace? That you could greatly streamline your hiring process, eliminate...more

Gig Economy Portable Benefits Bill Introduced In Washington State

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve written before about a proposal in New York that would permit gig companies to pay into a benefit fund for workers allowing them freedom to develop portable benefits; now, Washington state is considering a similar...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

Uber Steers for Mandatory Arbitration

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

After its bid to compel arbitration stalled in the district court, Uber is gearing up to argue before the Second Circuit that its users waive their right to a jury trial when they sign up for its app. The defendants in...more

Will Culture Change at Uber Before It’s Too Late?

by Thomas Fox on

What happens when a company delivers a superior product or service which is enthusiastically embraced by the consuming public, has a contented, if not equally enthusiastic, public facing work force and the business itself...more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

by Fisher Phillips on

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

Latest Misclassification Settlement Fails To Lyft Sharing Economy Companies

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last week, a federal court judge in California approved a settlement agreement whereby ride-sharing company Lyft agreed to pay $27 million to approximately 95,000 California drivers who alleged they were misclassified as...more

Uber’s Section 101 Motion to Dismiss Defeated by “Inventive” Ordered Combination

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, X One, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-06050-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - Uber Technologies, the transportation network giant, recently lost a motion to dismiss a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Following up on news last week that Bill Ackman was finally done with his grand Valeant experiment, the Times gives us a deeper look at what was really going on with the activist investor’s bet and ultimate $4 billion loss....more

The Future Rise Of The “Contributor” – Are We Closer To Finding That Elusive Third Category Of Worker?

by Fisher Phillips on

According to a recent survey by Randstad US, an HR and staffing services company a growing number of workers prefer to be known as “contributors” rather than employees or independent contractors. Reflecting a restlessness in...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

Will Austin Come Crawling Back To Uber And Lyft?

by Fisher Phillips on

The sharing economy has become so entrenched in our vocabulary and culture, it’s hard to remember when exactly the romance began. For Uber, the story started on a “snowy Paris evening in 2008” when two tech dudes had trouble...more

Spoiler Alert: Rulings Expected on Uber and Lyft Independent Contractor Settlements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Judges in California will likely soon issue rulings affecting two ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft. Those connected with the Lyft case will be pleased because it is expected that a federal district court judge in San...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

California’s Legislative Approach To Regulating The Sharing Economy: Regroup

by Fisher Phillips on

The month of February and its immediate aftermath is always an exciting time for California legislation. That’s the month when legislators submit all of the new bills that will be sought for passage in the state legislature,...more

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