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Questionable Opinion About the Gig Economy

Published May 8th, 2019 -

As OnLabor covered last week (here and here), the Department of Labor recently issued an “opinion letter” finding that the workers deriving income from an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” are independent contractors and not employees covered by the Fair L... More »

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The Digitalization of Day Labor as Gig Work

Published May 7th, 2019 -

With the so-called “uberization” of work, any number of gig companies may be deserving of “the most scandalous” award.  Perhaps the dubious honor should go to Uber itself which has sparked the imagination of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs the world over... More »

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Law and Politics in Employee Classification

Published April 30th, 2019 -

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an “opinion letter” yesterday concluding that an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” does not employ the workers who make the company viable. Instead, the letter finds t... More »

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Uber’s $100b IPO

Published April 12th, 2019 -

David Streitfeld has a great story in the NYT this morning about life as an Uber driver and the vast distance between what drivers earn and what investors will reap from the firm’s public offering. Drivers: $40,000 in a good year of full time work. Inves... More »

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Employees or Independent Contractors? Insights from Japan

Published March 29th, 2019 -

Recently in the United States, in response to the emergence of “gig economy,” the debate whether gig workers are misclassified as independent contractors has been heated.  Japan’s practice with regard to the definition of employee could give meaningful insight... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — July 20, 2018

Published July 20th, 2018 -

For the discriminatory loss of early retirement benefits, the New York State Nurses Association has won a $20.8 million-dollar settlement from New York City.  The city repeatedly denied requests from the Assoc. to classify nursing as a “physically taxing” job,... More »