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Gig News: Uber Executives Arrested in France

Published June 29th, 2015 -

TechCrunch reports that two Uber executives have been arrested in France for running illegal taxi operations and concealing digital documents.  The arrests appear unrelated to last week’s violent anti-Uber protests by French taxi drivers.  Taxi drivers s... More »

A New Category of Worker for the On-Demand Economy?

Published June 22nd, 2015 -

As legal challenges to the “1099 economy” mount, and as it becomes more and more likely that companies like Uber and Lyft will be deemed employers of their drivers and delivery workers, some participants in the debate are beginning to push for a ne... More »

UberEats: More Evidence of Employee Status?

Published June 17th, 2015 -

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal has an in-depth look at Uber’s forays into the delivery business, including a description of the company’s food delivery service, UberEats.  The Journal article focuses on the hurdles Uber faces in the delivery... More »

Uber Arbitration Agreement Held Unconscionable

Published June 11th, 2015 -

On Tuesday, in a decision with major implications for ongoing litigation concerning the employee status of Uber drivers, Judge Chen ruled that Uber’s arbitration clause is unenforceable.  In a seventy-page decision, the court held that the arbitration cl... More »

Gig News — June 10, 2015

Published June 10th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. Senator Mark Warner has emerged as a leading advocate for gig economy workers.  The Virginian-Pilot reports that Sen. Warner gave a speech last week at the New America Foundation noting his c... More »

Uber's Take-Rate Structure and Employee Status

Published May 23rd, 2015 -

According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, Uber has increased it’s “take-rate” in select markets.  Since April, in San Francisco and San Diego, Uber has been taking a 30% commission on rides offered by new UberX drivers.  The pre... More »