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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 »

1099 as Antitrust?

Published September 29th, 2015 -

There’s an interesting post up on interfluidity arguing that independent contractor status should be awarded selectively, in a manner designed to incentivize competition in the gig economy.  The basic idea is that there is a substantial risk that gig eco... More »

New NLRB Decision on Independent Contractors

Published September 28th, 2015 -

Last week, I argued that the “flexibility” of gig-economy jobs can comfortably coexist with a legal determination that those jobs are held by “employees” rather than by independent contractors.  I emphasized that “workers can choo... More »

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 »