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London Bans Uber

Published September 22nd, 2017 -

In a major gig economy development, London’s transit authority announced today that it will revoke Uber’s operating license.  Among the reasons cited for the revocation are problems in the way Uber conducts background checks of its drivers. Employm... More »

Sharon Block Testifies on Gig Economy

Published September 6th, 2017 -

Sharon Block is testifying this morning before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in a hearing on “The Sharing Economy: Creating Opportunities for Innovation and Flexibility.”  The hearing and a video of the testimony is available h... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2017

Published September 6th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice, Europe’s human rights court, ruled on Tuesday that it would allow companies to monitor their employees emails if they are notified in advance. The ruling applies to the 4... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 22-23, 2017

Published July 23rd, 2017 -

On Friday, fifteen civil and human rights leaders published a letter to José Muñoz, chairman of Nissan North America, urging him to allow workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi to organize through a free and fair union election. The signatories, in... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — July 12, 2017

Published July 12th, 2017 -

JD Supra offers some analysis on the implementation of New York City’s “”Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, which took effect on May 15, 2017. The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, tasked with enforcing the new law, recently issued rule... More »

The Un-Newness of Uber’s Arguments

Published July 12th, 2017 -

I thought readers would appreciate the opening paragraph of a new article on regulating ridesharing platforms: In 1933, Elizabeth Rhone called Try Me Cab Company’s advertised phone number to order a cab. The company dispatched a vehicle bearing its logo. Unfor... More »

Uber Adds a Tip Option

Published June 21st, 2017 -

Lost in the extensive coverage of Travis Kalanick’s resignation is the news that Uber is adding an in-app tip option.  According to the Washington Post, the option is already available in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle, and should be part of the app n... More »

Gig News: Brazilian Judge Finds Uber Driver Is Employee

Published February 14th, 2017 -

A labor court judge in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil has found that an Uber driver there is an employee of the company, taking the debate over the classification of drivers to another country.  The Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora reports that the decision is... More »