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Do We Need an "Independent Worker" Category?

Published December 8th, 2015 -

Seth Harris and Alan Krueger released a paper yesterday in which they argue for a new legal classification of worker, something between the “employee” and the “independent contractor” designations of existing law. They call their new category the “independent ... More »

Gig News — December 2, 2015

Published December 2nd, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. O’Connor v. Uber, the major federal class action against Uber over its classification of drivers as independent contractors, continues to move forward.  Bloomberg reports that a hearing last ... More »

Gig News — November 18, 2015

Published November 18th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California has set a trial date of June 20, 2016 for O’Connor v. Uber, the major federal suit challenging Uber’s classification of drivers as ind... More »

Gig News — November 3, 2015

Published November 3rd, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. The gig economy might not be as transformative as news coverage suggests.  A new report from the Pew Research Center found that the share of Americans who identify as self-employed has actual... More »

Uber: A Platform for Discrimination?

Published October 22nd, 2015 -

As Uber tells it, Uber is not an employer but a technological platform connecting drivers and passengers.  This categorization – highly contested – has a number of well-known advantages for Uber: it allows the firm to avoid responsibility for minim... More »

Is Uber Legal?

Published October 22nd, 2015 -

This coming Wednesday at noon, the Harvard Law Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review will host a panel at Harvard Law School on the legality of Uber.  The discussion will feature Professor Sachs and Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney representing Uber and Ly... More »

Gig News — October 20, 2015

Published October 20th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries released an advisory opinion concluding that Uber drivers should be classified as employees and not independent contractors.  Portland Business Journal... More »

Amazon's new "Independent Contractors"

Published September 29th, 2015 -

As Jon wrote in the News and Commentary this morning, Amazon has started a new delivery service called “Amazon Flex.” The service, as the WSJ reports, will allow people to “sign up for shifts through an app that prompts them to fetch packages... More »