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FTC Announces Settlement with Uber over Allegedly Deceptive Earnings Claims; Commissioner Ohlhausen Dissents

In its latest action involving allegedly deceptive earnings claims, the FTC announced yesterday that Uber had agreed to settle charges that it misled potential drivers with inflated earnings claims. The complaint also...more

Class Action Roundup: Fall 2016

In this edition of Class Action Roundup, we feature decisions from the third quarter of 2016, covering everything from pizza delivery and Uber drivers to payday lenders, canned tuna manufacturers, and even...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Advances in Arizona

Uber, the ride-sharing giant, recently announced that it was moving its smart-car operation from California to Arizona, a state with fewer regulations for driverless cars.  The day before the announcement, California’s...more

December 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

In our update for last month’s developments in this area of the law, we report on five significant court cases involving companies in the transportation industry that use ICs as an integral part of their business model. Each...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

When Ubering Goes Wrong: A Lesson for Both Drunks And Employers

Uber is a wonderful invention that has a primary function of driving intoxicated people from point A to point B. Sometimes, however, getting from point A to point B becomes an issue. This week, a lawsuit was filed in...more

The Gig Economy: Employee or Independent Contractor?

The gig economy is a domain where companies hire workers for specific projects or “gigs.” Generally these workers retain control over the manner and the means of performing their work and are classified as independent...more

Top Five New Year’s Predictions For The Gig Economy

Jeff Wald just published an interesting piece in Forbes looking at the top five predictions for the freelance economy in 2017. Given that he touts himself as having “near-precise prognostication,” how could we possibly ignore...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc, Requires Ex-Uber Drivers to Arbitrate Claims Individually

The Ninth Circuit denied rehearing en banc of its September order holding that the district court erred in deciding whether two drivers who sued Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) on behalf of themselves and a putative class...more

Uber Riders: Choosing Convenience or Privacy

In a recent update to its widely used application, Uber has implemented a change in location settings that some users are not happy about.  Before the update, users could limit Uber’s ability to track their location to “only...more

Should Gig Workers Earn “On-Call” Pay? Federal Court Agrees To Examine Issue

The legal theories that are being lobbed at Uber in wage-hour lawsuits across the country show no signs of letting up. Earlier this year, a group of certified limousine drivers in Eastern Pennsylvania who provide services...more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

House Freedom Caucus Urges Trump to Undo Department of Labor Interpretation of Independent Contractor Rules

North Carolina Congressman, Mark Meadows, the incoming chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump to deliver a list of 232 regulations that the Freedom Caucus suggest...more

California DMV Demands Halt to Uber Autonomous Vehicle Testing

On December 14, 2016, Uber announced a highly publicized test of its autonomous vehicle technology on the streets of San Francisco. The test included rides for various politicians, including State Rep. Steve Glazer and...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2016 #2

Last week, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder was selected by the incoming administration to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. Puzder is currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s....more

Uber Case-Status of UK Uber drivers

Background - A significant employment law issue in the UK is whether an individual has the legal status of an “employee”, rather than of a self-employed consultant; employee status giving the individual a raft of rights...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

The Gig Workforce Train … Even More “Traditional” Workplaces Are Making Sure That They Don’t Get Left Standing on the Platform

Much has been written about sharing economy companies such as Uber and the like whose very core is fueled by a contingent workforce connected to consumers through a digital platform. But a recent report stresses that even...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Uber Drivers Are Workers, Not Self-Employed Contractors

In the case of Aslam and others v Uber BV ET/2202550/15, the Employment Tribunal considered the employment status of Uber drivers. Uber drivers brought a claim in the Employment Tribunal, alleging that they were workers,...more

More Auto Companies Bet on Car-Sharing

Auto companies around the world have announced partnerships with car-sharing companies, or created their own car-sharing platforms. Toyota announced in October that it is investing in car-sharing service Getaround....more

What Will Car Companies Look Like in the Future?

As we have written about before, what is an “automotive” company is changing. We have also written how companies like Uber, Lyft may disrupt the automotive industry. We have even considered what might be the focus of OEM’s...more

Uber Drivers and Car Accidents | Auto Accident Attorney

A Ridesharing Auto Accident Can be Uber Complicated: What You Need to Know Before and After One. Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare apps continue to grow more popular throughout Arizona and the world. Requesting an Uber...more

Out With The New And In With The Old? One City Struggles To Accept The Gig Economy

Philadelphia, our nation’s fifth largest city – aptly nicknamed The City of Brotherly Love – just couldn’t decide whether it wanted to embrace the ride-sharing sector of the gig economy. Or, rather, like an ex-boyfriend or...more

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