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The Uber/Lyft “Workers’ Association” Debate

Published June 19th, 2019 -

Over at Law and Political Economy, Veena Dubal writes an important piece that raises concerns about Uber and Lyft’s suggestion that drivers in California form a “workers’ association.” Dubal worries that such an association would amount... More »

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Exotic Dancers Join the Debate over Dynamex

Published June 17th, 2019 -

In February, Stormy Daniels published an op-ed arguing that exotic dancers should be “treated as freelancers, not employees.”  In doing so, she criticized the California Supreme Court’s adoption of the “ABC test” in Dynamex.  Under that test, a business that w... More »

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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 »