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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 »

Guest Post: Uber Retirement

Published January 24th, 2017 -

Paul M. Secunda is Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette Law School. Although by no means a new question regarding retirement, the noteworthy growth of gig companies in the sharing economy has renewed concerns that even m... More »

Uber and Progressive Federalism

Published January 13th, 2017 -

As Jon reported last night, an individual arbitrator has issued an award finding a California Uber driver to be an independent contractor rather than an employee.  The award is wrongly decided. I won’t engage in a complete analysis here, but, to find emp... More »

Gig News: Swiss Agency Finds Uber Driver Is Employee

Published January 6th, 2017 -

The public agency in Switzerland charged with providing obligatory on-the-job accident insurance, Suva, has determined that an Uber driver in that country is an employee – meaning Uber will have to pay social security contributions on that driver’s... More »

Pleading Minimum Wage Violations against Uber

Published December 30th, 2016 -

A federal district judge has denied Uber’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in an important wage and hour case brought by UberBlack drivers (Razak v. Uber Technologies, Inc.).  The order, from October, contains important rulings on what Uber drivers ... More »