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Uber Driver—Independent Contractor or Employee? One Labor Commissioner Hearing Officer's Opinion

A hearing officer for the Labor Commissioner’s local office in San Francisco concluded earlier this month that an Uber driver was an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor. As a result, the hearing officer awarded...more

Former Uber Driver Gets a Lyft from the Labor Commissioner

A California Labor Commissioner has ruled that one of San Francisco-based Uber’s drivers, Barbara Ann Berwick, is an employee, not an independent contractor. The Labor Commissioner awarded Berwick just over $4,000 for...more

Uber Drivers as “Independent Contractors” – Maybe Not!

Employers face a variety of challenges when relying on “independent contractors.” Typically these disputes involve wages and/or hours worked or alleged entitlement to benefits. A recent case against Uber, however, brought a...more

Labor Commissioner's Uber Decision: A Reminder of Misclassification Dangers

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that a San Francisco-based driver for the popular ride coordination service Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), was an employee rather than an independent contractor....more

Berwick V. Uber: Small Decision, Uber-Sized Headache

In a somewhat unexpected, but not that surprising, ruling, the California Labor Commissioner, on June 3, 2015, issued a 12-page decision in favor of a pro se plaintiff driver against mighty Uber Technologies, Inc. for...more

Uber Relieved or Uber Mad? What Does the Recent UBER Misclassification Ruling Mean for Employers?

Last week, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that Uber driver Barbara Berwick was an employee and not an independent contractor, as Uber classifies all its drivers. The ruling was based on the Labor Commissioner’s...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

That is SO last week - June 2015

Last week, Uber suffered a setback in one of the many driver-initiated lawsuits it’s defending. A federal judge in California ruled that the popular ride-sharing app cannot compel arbitration of claims by drivers relating to...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 Commissioner Delivers A Blow to the Ride Sharing Independent Contractor Concept

The decision to classify workers as independent contractors versus employees can be a costly one, but nevertheless, continues to be a decision many employers make quickly and without regard for the potential risks. In...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

Uber Independent Contractor Decision Will Have Broad Consequences For Employers In California

Earlier today, Uber Technologies, Inc. announced the decision of the California Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) finding that a driver was an employee, not an independent contractor. The...more

Uber Suffers Another Independent Contractor Misclassification Setback in California

Uber has not fared well in court battles recently. After losing an unemployment case last month in Florida, it has now just lost an independent contractor misclassification wage case in California. This loss in California...more

$228 Million: The Cost of Independent Contractor Misclassification for FedEx Ground in California

Yesterday, June 12, FedEx announced in papers filed with the SEC that its Ground Division “has reached an agreement in principle with [drivers] in the independent contractor litigation that is pending in …California [federal...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

South Carolina Legislative Update

The General Assembly finished the 1st Regular session of the 121st Session last Thursday, but will return the week of June 16 to take up gubernatorial vetoes, conference reports, and any of the appropriations bills related to...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015 #2

What's New - The General Assembly met for their last week of this year’s legislative session. Legislators spent most of the week working through their respective calendars and trying to pass out bills before the Thursday...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

Lawsuits Challenge Classification of Uber Drivers as Independent Contractors

Uber is unquestionably a very hot commercial brand. Through the use of an app on a mobile phone or smart device, consumers can schedule a driver to pick them up and transport them to a destination. Unlike a traditional taxi...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

Uber’s ADA Conundrum

When you think of Uber (or similar companies like Lyft and Sidecar) you probably think of a transportation company. You request a ride on the company’s app and a driver (in his own vehicle) picks you up. The nature of the...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

Uber and Other Startups Facing Independent Contractor Disputes

Perhaps the blurriest line in employment law is the difference between an independent contractor and employee. Companies prefer contractor status because it is cheaper and offers more flexibility. ...more

Federal Lawsuit Challenging Uber X’s Exclusion of Service Animals Shifts into Discovery

Recently, a Federal court in Northern California denied Uber Technologies, Inc.’s request to dismiss an access lawsuit. The plaintiffs, National Federation of the Blind of California (“NFBC”) and individual blind members with...more

New Law Favors Uber and Lyft

Addressing the lack of consistent rules governing app-based ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, the Tennessee legislature has passed a bill which establishes a uniform law for the companies’ Tennessee operations....more

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