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Uber Agrees to Form Non-Union Guild With New York City Drivers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Uber has agreed to create the Independent Drivers Guild, a non-union organization that will provide New York City based Uber drivers with regular access to the Company and the ability to raise concerns...more

Uber Picks Up A Lawsuit

In a recently filed class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) sent autodialed text messages to individuals after those individuals opted out of the messages by texting back “stop,” which,...more

There’s No Longer an “App for That” in Austin: Lyft and Uber Pull Out Over Driver Fingerprinting Requirements

Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber announced on May 9 that they were no longer offering their services in Austin, Texas, after voters there rejected a proposed ordinance that would have eliminated fingerprint-based background...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

Uber Settlement Under Fire, As Named Plaintiff, Others Object

In a development one does not see everyday, named Plaintiff Douglas O’Connor has submitted a declaration blasting the settlement reached in the litigation bearing his name: O’Connor et al. v. Uber Technologies, Case No....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

Polish Competition Authority Supports UBER

On 5 May 2016, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) published a position paper in which it expressed its opinion on Uber’s operations on the Polish market for transportation services....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

Be Uber Prepared To Do Business In The Gig Economy

Until recently, the word “gig” had two common meanings: - ..A live music performance; and - ..A long trident used to hunt swamp-dwelling amphibians - However, a noted linguist recently crowned “gig” as the...more

Lyft, Uber Withdraw From Austin After Defeat at the Ballot Box

Lyft and Uber announced that they were shutting down operations in Austin following a disappointing defeat in a special election held Saturday, May 7, 2016. The election was held to vote on the TNC-sponsored Proposition 1,...more

You might be an Employee if….

On Friday, I used the phrase “Uber Settlement” as (maybe) click-bait to introduce an important, but hidden, issue facing Irish and Northern Irish companies operating in the US. As I noted in that post, many Irish and Northern...more

Employment Law - May 2016

California Increases Amount Paid for Family, Disability Leave - Why it matters - In the latest changes to California employment law, Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment increasing the payment to employees for...more

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

Last week, the EEOC continued its efforts to include sexual orientation and gender identity as forms of prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. The agency obtained a $140,000 settlement from a technology company that...more

A New Coalition Seeks to Pave the Way for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Last week the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the second of two meetings at Stanford University to solicit input from the public regarding the safety guidelines it is developing for the...more

What the Uber Settlement Means for Irish/NI Companies Operating in the US

Uber recently settled—for US$100 million—two class-action cases involving some of its drivers, and one of the issue points in the litigation was whether Uber drivers are independent contractors or employees under relevant US...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

Balancing Transparency and Secrecy in Class Action Settlements

Companies have the right to protect their trade secrets against public disclosure, while class action members (and the judges who must determine the fairness and adequacy of proposed class action settlements) have the right...more

April 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote...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

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 4/28/16

Several companies cast an eye toward the Internet of Things, Twitter’s AI gets pretty good at live video, some industry giants get behind the driverless car, and more … Samsung launches a place in the cloud just for...more

Executive Labor Summary - March / April 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - DOL’s “Persuader Rule”: Fight on! – As we have previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor on March 24 issued new regulations that adopt a new interpretation of the "persuader" reporting...more

What The $100M Uber Settlement Means To All Employers

The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the...more

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