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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.5.16

Jobs report Friday again. Here are the 5 Things the Journal told you to watch – WSJ (and NYTimes)... The Upshot’s not saying that a 2016 recession is inevitable, but if it does happen, this may be the path that takes us...more

Lyft Reaches Settlement Preserving Independent Contractor Status for Drivers

Lyft, Inc. has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by drivers that preserves the drivers’ classification as independent contractors rather than employees. Although Lyft agreed to pay $12.25 million and...more

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

Uber-Complicated: Insurance Gaps for Rideshare Vehicles Can Create Uncertainty for Passengers and Drivers

Many of us have come to enjoy the convenience of summoning a ride via our Smartphones with a rideshare service company such as Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. However, significant issues exist over whether rideshare vehicles have...more

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have...more

December 2015 / January 2016 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This Update covers the two-month period of December 2015 and January 2016. The headnote for this period is: don’t classify drivers as ICs unless you do it right! Eight of the nine cases reported below involve drivers....more

Advertising Law - January 2016 #2

Uber Drives Settlement With NY AG Over Data Breach, Privacy Violations - In a pair of settlements, ride-sharing company Uber agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for failing to report a data breach in a timely manner as required...more

When an independent contractor can file a workers’ compensation claim

Independent contractors have a great deal of freedom in how they perform their jobs, and for whom they will work for. Yet, these freedoms come at a high price. For a some people, it means they can’t file workers’ compensation...more

Uber Lives to Fight Another Day

On 20 January 2016, in what Uber termed as “a victory for common sense” , Transport for London (“TFL”) surrendered to its critics and abandoned the majority of the proposed measures it put forth in its September 2015...more

Annual Labor and Employment Law Update

California Broadens Its Fair Pay Act (SB 358). Since 1949, California Labor Code § 1197.5 has prohibited employers from paying employees of one gender “less than employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

Uber, DirecTV and Beyond

Much of corporate America is determined to require consumers and employees to arbitrate disputes, including waiving their right to participate in class action lawsuits. ...more

Uber’s Attempt To Compel Class Arbitration Rejected Due To Unconscionability Of Arbitration Agreement

The court held that a number of the provisions in the subject arbitration agreements were unconscionable, including a delegation clause providing that disputes involving the arbitration agreement be decided in arbitration....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 10, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Challenging Uber, Lyft Bets on a Road Wide Enough for Two - We ended our last post pondering the anti-competitive nature of a marketplace dominated by tech...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

Uber Enters Into Settlement Regarding May 2014 Data Breach, Halting New York Attorney General’s Investigation Into Uber’s...

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, New York’s Attorney General announced a settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), which requires the company to institute a number of practices intended to increase the data privacy of...more

Uber settles with NY AG over “God View” tracking of riders

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has settled its investigation of Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber), over allegations that Uber executives could access an aerial view of riders’ locations...more

Seattle Becomes First City in U.S. to Allow Uber Drivers to Unionize

In December, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in favor of legislation that expressly permits drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to unionize. Drivers for these companies, who are treated as...more

2016 Employment Law Update: A Review Of Recent Developments

Each year, we are happy to provide our clients and friends with a summary of the new laws and legal developments from the past year that we believe will have the greatest impact on employers. This year’s update...more

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers...more

New Year's Resolution for 2016: Avoid Independent Contractor Misclassification

The use of nonemployee workers is more prevalent than ever, and challenges to these relationships are growing just as rapidly. Entire business models are at stake. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of...more

CMA criticises TFL’s proposed new regulations for private hire vehicle companies

Earlier this month, the UK’s competition watchdog, the Competitions and Markets Authority (“CMA“), criticised Transport for London’s (“TFL“) proposed new rules for private hire vehicle companies, which would impose...more

Don’t Tip Just Yet: Uber Taxi Class Gets Limited Certification

A federal judge in San Francisco recently certified a limited class in a lawsuit against Uber under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). The plaintiff sought to...more

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution: Part 1

Fueled by the high-profile efforts of technology giants like Google, major manufacturers like General Motors and Tesla, and new auto industry entrants like Uber and Apple, the driverless car revolution is here. Tomorrow’s...more

Uber Class Action Update: Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable and Broadens Class of Drivers

The Uber saga continues in O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. – a closely watched case that will impact the future of the gig economy. Last time we visited this case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had declined to review...more

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