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New North Carolina Law Provides Mechanism for Prosecuting Worker Misclassification

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On August 11, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) was signed into law. The new law, which will take effect on December 31, 2017, provides a mechanism that allows workers to more easily report—and...more

“Honey, I Shrunk the Unions!” The Shift Towards Micro-Unions in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

As union membership in the private sector continues to dwindle (down to 6.4% in 2016), the American labor movement finds itself at a crossroads with the momentous, non-union gig economy. Just as the economy has evolved...more

Did Gig Economy Growth Contribute To Strong November Jobs Report?

by Fisher Phillips on

By most objective measurements, the Labor Department’s December 4 jobs report was solid. CNN Money reported that employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%....more

The Rubber Meets the Road When Gig Economy Execs Get Behind the Wheel

by Fisher Phillips on

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden - The well-known rideshare company Lyft has personified the above quote from legendary basketball coach John Wooden when it recently...more

“Tap Here For A Doctor” – The Proliferation of Telemedicine In The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Several years ago, many people were leery of the thought of ordering personal drivers through a mobile app and getting into a car of a complete stranger. However, over time, the idea of ride-sharing through Uber or Lyft has...more

November 2017: The Top 14 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 have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Lessons to be learned from Uber and Deliveroo

by Dentons on

Aslam and others v. Uber BV and others - Hot on the heels of the article in our last newsletter on Addison Lee and the "gig economy", on Friday 11 November 2017, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed an employment...more

Retaining Gig Workers During the Holidays

by Fisher Phillips on

The holiday season is here; the time for toys and time for cheer. While many will deck the halls with boughs of holly, others will take on extra work for extra cash. For years, retail jobs made up the lion’s share of holiday...more

Will Blockchain Technology Transform Dispute Resolution in the Sharing Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion about Blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize and transform the sharing or gig economy. If you’re like me, your first question might be, “What the...more

This Is NOT Fake News: “Gig Economy” Almost Wins Word Of The Year

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy recently came close to a major honor when it was named a runner-up for the Collins Dictionary 2017 Word of the Year. This annual campaign reflects upon the words which have best defined the previous year....more

UK: Uber Loses Appeal Over Characterization Of Drivers As "Workers"

by Fisher Phillips on

Uber drivers in the UK are “workers” entitled to earn at least the national minimum wage and enjoy other statutory benefits and protections an Employment Appeals Tribunal (“EAT”) held on November 9, upholding the decision of...more

Who’s Really Driving The Gig Train: the Young or the More “Mature”? How About Both?

by Fisher Phillips on

I couldn’t help but be struck by two recent headlines which appeared to stand diametrically opposed in answering the question of who is driving the gig economy. One headline from World Finance touted the driving force of...more

Feds Come Out Against Seattle’s Law to Unionize Rideshare Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy just got a strong ally in its fight to remain union-free: the federal government. The latest development in the ongoing saga involving an attempt to put into place the nation’s first unionization law that...more

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Can Gig Businesses Offer Benefits To Their Workers? Recent Developments May Shed Light On Answer

by Fisher Phillips on

There are obvious “benefits” to participating in the gig economy: Gig companies get to use as little or as much labor as they need. Gig workers are able to work at their chosen capacity. And customers get new products and...more

The Uber Saga Continues – “Worker” Status in the Gig Economy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s (ET’s) finding that Uber drivers are “workers”. It rejected Uber’s argument that Uber is simply a technology platform acting as an...more

Gary Vaynerchuk, The Gig Economy, and Saving Time

by Fisher Phillips on

If you’re not already listening to the GaryVee Audio Experience Podcast, I recommend starting immediately. Former immigrant turned multi-millionaire Gary Vaynerchuk offers some of the best advice I’ve heard in succeeding in...more

Could Labor Law Waivers Foster Legislative Change And Spur The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

It is no secret that labor laws have been unable to keep pace with the changing economy. Recently, however, it appears the effort to spur change has been resuscitated, as proposals come in from the left (former SIEU head...more

Labor Secretary Again Speaks Out On The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made the news again this week due to his remarks on the ever-growing gig economy and the need for increased legislative attention on this topic. As we discussed in an...more

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Could Congress Soon Swoop In To Aid The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Should You Offer Bonuses To Your Gig Workers? That Is The Question.

by Fisher Phillips on

Prior to the explosion of the gig economy, many workers sought fulltime, traditional employment options. Many of these individuals wanted a salary, benefits, and overall employment stability. Nowadays, however, many workers...more

October 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

There were newsworthy developments in a number of cases in the area of independent contractor misclassification during the month of October. Those cases were brought against companies in an array of different industries...more

October 2017: The Top 11 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 have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

by Fisher Phillips on

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

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