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January 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — January 19, 2018

Published January 19th, 2018 -

NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb may be seeking to reorganize the NLRB’s field offices, Bloomberg reported yesterday.  His proposal involves consolidating regional offices and placing at the top of each an official who would report directly to him.  This ... More »

January 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — January 2, 2018

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

The new tax plan went into effect yesterday and will allow many pass-through companies to deduct up to 20% of their business income.  The Boston Globe predicts that the change will lead gig workers to form LLCs in order to avail themselves of the deduction.  T... More »

November 24th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 24, 2017

Published November 24th, 2017 -

Retailers are expected to hire slightly fewer temporary workers this holiday shopping season.  Although Target plans to hire thousands, Wal-Mart plans to hire none, promising instead to increase existing workers’ hours to accommodate the anticipated surg... More »

 

Gig News: More Details Emerge about Amazon Flex

Published November 17th, 2017 -

Over the last couple decades, Amazon has built out an extensive shopping service, making it second nature to order an item and expect it on your doorstep in a couple days. But how many customers know that their deliveries are arriving courtesy of a controversi... More »

November 15th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 15, 2017

Published November 15th, 2017 -

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina on behalf of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) alleging that a new state law would make it all but impossible for the farmworkers’ union to continue operations. The lawsuit challe... More »

November 14th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2017

Published November 14th, 2017 -

Writing for the Atlantic, Sarah Lacy describes that  Women in Tech Are Rising Higher in China Than in the U.S.  Lacy notes the disparity between the percent of U.S. tech companies that, when asked how many women have C-level jobs at their company, answered ... More »

November 10th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 10, 2017

Published November 10th, 2017 -

Postmates, the delivery start up, faces a new worker-classification lawsuit.  Vanity Fair has a quick report.  In related news, in the UK, Uber lost its appeal of a recent ruling that its drivers were not self-employed. The Nation recaps a troubling new report... More »

 

Gig News: Q Services is Profitable

Published October 27th, 2017 -

Some gig economy startups are eschewing the route Uber and Lyft have taken and are, instead, classifying their workers as employees, not independent contractors. What I’ve referred to in the past as the “poster child” of this strategy is Managed by Q, which be... More »

October 13th, 2017

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 »