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Too Good To Be True – Senate Tax Reform Bill No Longer Includes Gig Economy Shield

Bad news out of Washington, D.C. late yesterday. Chris Opfer of Bloomberg BNA reports that the current version of the Senate tax reform bill, released yesterday, no longer includes the protection that had initially been...more

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

Bad Break: Oregon Employer Pays Quarter-Million Dollar Wage & Hour Fine

The Oregon state agency charged with enforcing the state’s wage and hour laws has announced the largest civil penalty against an employer in its long history – nearly $277,000. According to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and...more

Could Congress Soon Swoop In To Aid The Gig Economy?

Reports out of Washington, D.C. indicate that gig economy businesses could be in for an end-of-the-year treat in the form of game-changing legislation. Chris Opfer and Tyrone Richardson of Bloomberg BNA report that Senate...more

Federal Paid Leave Proposal Introduced In Congress - Workflex In The 21st Century Act Would Solve Local Law Patchwork Problem

If a proposal introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday were to pass Congress and be signed into law by President Trump, the country’s employers would find themselves facing the first-ever federal paid leave...more

EEOC’s Online Filing Tool For The Public Is Now Fully Operational

The latest tool that can be used against employers is now fully operational. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) online filing portal, or Public Portal, which was tested in five cities over the past six...more

Radical Candor in the Workplace: How “Being Nice” To Employees May Place You In Legal Jeopardy

Is honesty really the best policy at the workplace? Some employers believe that a few little white lies might help them avoid uncomfortable situations and confrontations. It’s common for some to spare an employee’s feelings...more

A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

After a five-hour closing argument session in a California federal court on Monday, the gig economy is waiting with baited breath and trying to hazard their best guesses about how the judge will rule in the high-stakes Lawson...more

Summary Of Post-Trial Briefs Filed In Grubhub Misclassification Case

The parties in the Grubhub misclassification case are back in court on Monday, October 30, delivering their final closing arguments to the judge. We’ve written about the trial extensively. To sum it up, though: a former...more

Halloween Tale Of Gig Economy Terror: Will Freelancers Take Over The World? (Spoiler Alert: Not Likely)

A terrible horde of mindless creatures takes over civilization, rendering our world virtually unrecognizable and changing everything about it. There’s nothing you can do to stop them. Every day, more and more of them appear....more

Is This The Beginning Of The End Of The NLRB’s War On Employer Rules? - ALJ Rules Broad Confidentiality and Texting Rules Lawful

Employers who have been keeping up with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decisions over the past eight years may be pleasantly shocked to learn that an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) just upheld an employer’s...more

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Blocked By Federal Court

For the third time this year, a federal district court has blocked a presidential travel ban from taking effect. Judge Derrick K. Watson, from the District of Hawaii, today granted a motion for a temporary restraining order...more

Court Presses Pause On Uber Misclassification Cases, Awaiting SCOTUS Ruling On Class Waivers

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently placed a temporary halt on the ongoing misclassification litigation against Uber, pointing out that it would make sense to wait for a key Supreme Court decision before proceeding...more

Feds Say Title VII Doesn't Cover Transgender Workers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally reversed the federal government’s position on whether transgender workers are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, informing all U.S. Attorneys and heads of all federal...more

SCOTUS Appears Ready To Deal Devastating Blow To Public Unions

In a move that must have labor unions across the country trembling with fear, the Supreme Court today announced that it will once again take up the issue of whether public sector agency shop fee arrangements are prohibited by...more

Phase One Of Grubhub Trial Ends; Waiting Game Begins

The evidentiary phase of the Grubhub misclassification trial ended last week; now the gig economy world waits with baited breath for a final ruling. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this could be the first time the...more

A Look-In At The Halfway Point In The Critical GrubHub Trial

As readers of this blog know, we are right in the midst of one of the most significant legal developments for the gig economy. For the first time, a judge is being asked to definitely decide at trial whether a typical...more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

NLRB Fires Shot At Handy, Taking Aim At Gig Economy In General

Josh Eidelson from Bloomberg reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against gig economy mainstay Handy earlier this week, alleging that the on-demand workers who provide home cleaning...more

New Case Shows That “Uber-ization” of Workforce Could Lead to Misclassification Challenges

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about a recent NLRB decision where the Board found a group of workers who provide video content services for the display board at Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games to be incorrectly...more

Unions Win Next Round In Seattle Gig Worker Organizing Battle

Chalk this round up to the unions. In a pair of decisions issued last week, a Seattle federal judge ruled that Seattle’s January 2016 Ordinance that seeks to allow for-hire drivers to form unions and collectively bargain with...more

Labor Board Dunks On Employer’s Contractor Classification Attempt - NBA’s Timberwolves Foul Out In Front Of NLRB

In a ruling sure to leave businesses and gig economy companies crying foul, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that workers producing electronic video display content for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves were...more

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