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You Win Some, You Lose Some: A Review Of Some Recent Misclassification Decisions

by Fisher Phillips on

At the forefront of mind of every gig economy company is the troublesome question of whether its workers are properly classified as independent contractors. Just search our blog for cases involving “misclassification” and...more

Is the "Gig" Up? The On-Demand Economy in 2018

by Payne & Fears on

On February 8, 2018, Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley found that couriers for the tech/food delivery service company GrubHub, Inc. (“GrubHub”) were properly classified as independent contractors. Judge Corley made...more

Hair Salons Want A Cut From The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy continues to grow into all sectors of the modern world. By some accounts, on-demand workers are projected to comprise 43 percent of the United States workforce by 2020. If true, we can anticipate large groups...more

March Misclassification Madness: Misclassification Updates in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Many of you likely have filled out your March Madness bracket, and are eagerly watching game after game hoping your bracket doesn’t bust. The gig misclassification game is experiencing a March Madness of its own. The debate...more

Bed Time! Uber Announces Mandatory Rest Periods

by Fisher Phillips on

In a move met with near-universal praise, Uber recently announced it will now require drivers take at least six hours of time off for every 12 hours they spend driving. After announcing this decision last month, Uber rolled...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

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 were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

An Appealing Update on the Grubhub Misclassification Case

by Fisher Phillips on

We knew we hadn’t heard the end of this case, but yesterday it’s official: the worker who lost what is believed to be the nation’s first-ever gig economy misclassification trial last month has filed an appeal with the 9th...more

SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series

On February 13, 2018, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “ SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series: Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” Executive...more

Singapore to Offer Better Protections for Gig Economy Workers

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore government recently accepted in principle the recommendations of the Tripartite Workgroup addressing challenges faced by self-employed persons in the country’s gig economy....more

Labor Secretary Acosta Says It Is Time to Embrace the Gig—I Mean, The “Entrepreneurial” Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal government has not meaningfully measured the contingent workforce since 2005. However, two economists, Lawrence Katz (Harvard) and Alan Krueger (Princeton), conducted a 2015 survey that is currently acknowledged...more

Uber Scores One For Safety With Gun-Policy Win

by Fisher Phillips on

Ride-sharing giant, Uber, has recently faced accusations that it fails to do enough to preserve the safety of its passengers and drivers. However, on February 16, 2018, a federal judge in Florida rejected a challenge to an...more

Your Comprehensive Guide to 2018 Proposed California Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

February 16 was the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature. By that date, nearly 2,200 bills were introduced. While that may seem like a staggering amount of legislative proposals (especially for a...more

GrubHub Prevails in Driver Classification Case, Ruling Offers Insights for On-Demand Economy

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a long-awaited decision, a San Francisco federal judge ruled that GrubHub properly classified a delivery driver as an independent contractor. The Feb. 8 ruling sheds meaningful light on the prominent and heavily-litigated...more

Take Out and Classification Take-Aways: Federal Court in California Finds Food Delivery Drivers Are Independent Contractors

In the first federal court in California to issue a rule on classification of gig-economy workers, the Northern District of California recently concluded that restaurant delivery drivers are properly classified as independent...more

One-Stop Shop: Think Tank Joins Forces With Cornell To Provide Premier Gig Economy Data Hub

by Fisher Phillips on

The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative has partnered with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) to introduce the “Gig Economy Data Hub.” Set to launch this spring, the database aims to...more

Good Work If You Can Get It: UK Government’s Response to Modern Working Proposals

Some seven months after the publication of Matthew Taylor’s independent ‘Review of Modern Working Practices’, the UK Government has finally issued its response to the Taylor proposals: the “Good Work” response (the...more

California District Court Finds Grubhub Driver is Not an Employee: Too Soon to Order Celebratory Takeout?

So-called “gig economy” employers rejoiced on February 8, 2018, when, in Lawson v. Grubhub, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-05128-JSC, U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley held that Plaintiff Grubhub independent contractor...more

Benefits for the Gig Workforce: Is there a Solution that Won’t Defeat the Business Model?

by Fisher Phillips on

Offering health, retirement, and workers’ compensation benefits to the varied gig workforce, while maintaining some affordability to the worker while also avoiding the 30 percent cost increase to businesses, has proven to be...more

The Federal Antitrust and Labor Law Double Bind: The Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Challenge to Seattle’s Ordinance...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Monday, February 5, 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit challenging the City of Seattle’s ordinance allowing independent-contractor drivers to engage in collective bargaining was before the U.S....more

California Case is the Latest to Address Whether Worker is an Independent Contractor of Employee

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Companies in many industries – including, for example, construction, trucking, logistics, restaurants, and food service – utilize independent contractors....more

Grubhub Wins First Independent Contractor Misclassification Trial in the Gig Economy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Independent contractor misclassification claims have been percolating through the courts for years. Some were swept away by a wave of federal preemption, which has subsided. Others found their way to the summary judgment...more

Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole: Worker Classification in the Gig Economy

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a significant decision on the status of so-called "gig economy" workers, a California federal judge recently ruled that a former GrubHub Inc. delivery driver was an independent contractor, not an employee....more

A Win for "Gig-Economy" Employers in California

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a win for California’s “gig economy employers,” a California District Court held earlier this week that Chicago-based GrubHub, Inc. properly classified a food delivery driver as an independent contractor, not an employee....more

Grubhub Notches Victory for Gig Economy in Big Classification Win in California Federal Court

by Littler on

In a recent classification case involving the “gig” or shared economy, a U.S. magistrate judge handed down a significant win for Grubhub, concluding that a driver who sued the company under California’s minimum wage, overtime...more

Misclassification Claims Threaten Gig Economy Business

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The gig economy — companies that hire workers for specific projects or “gigs” — is on the rise. Gig companies use technology to provide goods and services to consumers on demand. The companies hire workers who access and...more

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