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Today’s News & Commentary — October 13, 2017

Published October 13th, 2017 -

In New York City, more people are taking Uber than traditional yellow cabs, the New York Times reports.  Uber’s growth has been fueled by new riders in the outer boroughs; a similar trend–new customers outside the city center–is also taking h... More »

London Bans Uber

Published September 22nd, 2017 -

In a major gig economy development, London’s transit authority announced today that it will revoke Uber’s operating license.  Among the reasons cited for the revocation are problems in the way Uber conducts background checks of its drivers. Employm... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—July 21, 2017

Published July 21st, 2017 -

The New York City Council passed the country’s first law requiring ride-hailing apps like Uber to offer in-app tipping. New York’s in-app tipping requirement was first proposed to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission this spring in a petition by the ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 10, 2017

Published July 10th, 2017 -

Recently, a federal magistrate judge in San Francisco ruled to allow a labor lawsuit against GrubHub to go forward, denying the company’s motion for summary judgment.  Lawson v. GrubHub was first filed in 2015, and it is one example of an ongoing case th... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 7, 2017

Published July 7th, 2017 -

The June jobs report was released this morning. There’s coverage here and here. In anticipation of the report, coverage in major papers this week remarked on the economy’s continued slow expansion and the slower-than-last-year jobs growth in the first five mon... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 5, 2017

Published July 5th, 2017 -

The Upshot published an article describing the family-friendly policies states have taken action on in the past week.  With the Trump Administration failing to make progress on its paid leave proposal, several states have stepped in to fill the gap.  Oregon ap... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 7, 2017

Published June 7th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider whether arrangements requiring non-union employees in the public sector to pay fair share or agency fees violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Yesterday, Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, petitio... More »

A Missed Opportunity: Worker Voice in Portable Benefits

Published June 1st, 2017 -

Last week, Senator Mark Warner and Rep. Suzan DelBene introduced the Portable Benefits for Independent Workers Pilot Program Act.  The Act would authorize $20 million for competitive grants to states, local governments and nonprofits to fund pilot projects aro... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 30, 2017

Published May 30th, 2017 -

Uber and Lyft returned to Austin, TX on Monday after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 100 into law, eliminating Austin’s fingerprint requirements for drivers.  As the LA Times describes, the bill designates the state, not local, government as the regulator... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 29, 2017

Published May 29th, 2017 -

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced legislation on Thursday to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers engaged in temporary, contract, or on-demand work.  The Portable Benefits for Independent Work... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—May 11, 2017

Published May 11th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that Canada’s technology sector may benefit from the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict immigration and immigration’s increased centrality in the American political debate.  After the travel ban was announced, Canada re... More »