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Uber: Employee Status and "Flexibility"

Published September 25th, 2015 -

There is a common trope in the debate about Uber that deserves clarification.  The claim, commonly made, is that if Uber drivers were to be deemed employees – rather than independent contractors – the drivers would lose the flexibility that defines... More »

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 »