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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 »

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 »