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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 »

Monopoly as the Uber Business Model

Published December 19th, 2016 -

Naked Capitalism recently ran a five-part series on the Uber business model.  I can’t speak to the accuracy of the conclusions, but the arguments are striking and the series should go on the reading list of anyone interested in the gig economy and its im... More »

Gig News: October 28, 2016

Published October 28th, 2016 -

In a major ruling with widespread implications for gig economy workers in the United Kingdom, an employment tribunal in London found that Uber drivers are not self-employed independent contractors, but rather Uber workers.  The Guardian reports that “the... More »