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May 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 30, 2019

Published May 30th, 2019 -

The California Assembly has passed a bill that will make it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.  As Ryan wrote earlier this week, AB-5 codifies the “ABC test” introduced by the California Supreme Court in last year’... More »

May 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2019

Published May 28th, 2019 -

This Friday is the deadline for the California Assembly to send bills originating in the chamber to the state senate for approval. One of those bills, AB-5, seeks to codify and clarify the holding of last year’s California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Ope... More »

May 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 8, 2019

Published May 8th, 2019 -

The biggest internationally coordinated strike by Lyft and Uber drivers is expected to take place today in major U.S. cities and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America.  Driver demands vary by organizing group, but include calls for livable income... More »

May 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 7, 2019

Published May 7th, 2019 -

Airports and major-city transit authorities warn that the planned strike by Uber and Lyft drivers tomorrow may create significant travel chaos. The strike, which arose out of a dispute between Uber and its Los Angeles drivers over a rate decrease there, is exp... More »

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Law and Politics in Employee Classification

Published April 30th, 2019 -

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an “opinion letter” yesterday concluding that an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” does not employ the workers who make the company viable. Instead, the letter finds t... More »

April 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 30, 2019

Published April 30th, 2019 -

The Department of Labor issued a new opinion letter saying that the Department considers gig workers in the so-called “sharing” economy (like Uber drivers or Instacart shoppers) to be independent contractors, rather than employees. The letter is a notable shif... More »

April 12th, 2019

News & Commentary—April 12, 2019

Published April 12th, 2019 -

Uber acknowledged Thursday in a filing for its initial public offering that classifying its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, would require a fundamental shift in the ride-hailing app’s business model.  Uber currently classifies its dr... More »

March 31st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 30-31, 2019

Published March 31st, 2019 -

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of an increase in the state’s hourly minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2025 for businesses with 15 or more employees and by 2026 for smaller employers. As OnLabor previously reporte... More »

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Employees or Independent Contractors? Insights from Japan

Published March 29th, 2019 -

Recently in the United States, in response to the emergence of “gig economy,” the debate whether gig workers are misclassified as independent contractors has been heated.  Japan’s practice with regard to the definition of employee could give meaningful insight... More »

March 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 28, 2019

Published March 28th, 2019 -

This week the National Employment Law Project released a report detailing how gig companies like Uber and Handy have led a state-by-state lobbying effort with corporate partners to strip gig workers of the legal protections afforded to employees.  The report e... More »

March 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 16-17, 2019

Published March 17th, 2019 -

Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) 2020 presidential campaign announced on Friday that it will have a unionized workforce.  A majority of staffers signed union cards authorizing United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them, and the campaign volu... More »

February 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 23-24, 2019

Published February 24th, 2019 -

Employee pay and benefits comprise a declining percentage (52.7%) of the gross domestic income, even as unemployment rates remain low and demand for workers high.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the percentage figure for labor income fell again ... More »