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Weekend News & Commentary — August 18–19, 2018

Published August 19th, 2018 -

In today’s Sunday Review for The New York Times, economic historian Louis Hyman argues that new technology companies like Uber and TaskRabbit did not create the gig economy but only took advantage of a decades-long shift to temporary work arrangements.  He ana... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2018

Published July 25th, 2018 -

Today, Bloomberg reported that for the first time in Google’s twenty-year history, the number of people working for the company who aren’t classified as Google employees exceeded the number who are. Google’s Alphabet Inc. employs thousands of contract wo... More »

Enough with the Flexibility Trope

Published May 15th, 2018 -

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the death of Pablo Avendano, a 34-year old bike messenger who was killed while delivering food for Caviar, the app-based food delivery service. Because Avendano was classified as an independent contractor and not ... More »

Looks like the gig is up for Uber in California

Published May 1st, 2018 -

We’ll have more complete analysis in the days ahead, but, as Ross reports, the California Supreme Court has issued a decision with major implications for Uber, the gig economy, and the question of worker classification more broadly. In Dynamex Operations... More »

New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira

Published April 26th, 2018 -

At the end of February, the Supreme Court granted cert. in New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira.  In so doing, the Court added to the list of cases that examine how and to what extent the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies in the employment context (see our coverage... More »

Can We Fix Gig Workers’ Taxes?

Published March 27th, 2018 -

Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gave some gig workers — usually classified as independent contractors — a tax cut.  But the most vexing tax challenges facing these workers are not high rates but convoluted rules and tremendous compliance obstacles that leave... 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 »