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Today’s News & Commentary — July 3, 2018

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

After long campaign by thousands of app-based drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City released a report today analyzing a proposal to establish a minimum pay rate for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers.  The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission,... More »

Workers, Benefits, and Protections in the U.S Gig Economy

Published July 2nd, 2018 -

“Gig economy” or “online platform” companies that provide personal labor services—Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy, Instacart, Grubhub, and others—challenge American law’s system for classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors,  As I explain in... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9 – 10, 2018

Published June 10th, 2018 -

Starting tomorrow, no Costco employee will earn below $14 an hour.  While some locations already saw a $13.50 an hour minimum wage, the new mark, which nearly doubles the federal minimum of $7.25, signals that the “fight for $15” is edging forward, and the nat... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 5, 2018

Published June 5th, 2018 -

Tomato pickers and labor activists from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will protest today outside of Wendy’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting to demand that the company join its Fair Food Program. The Fair Food ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 1, 2018

Published June 1st, 2018 -

Las Vegas casino workers are preparing for a massive, citywide strike — the first in three decades — after contracts affecting about 50,000 union workers expired at midnight last night. The contracts govern work at some of Vegas’ biggest names, including... More »

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Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 19–20, 2018

Published May 20th, 2018 -

Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act in March of 2017, but Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) will not receive a unionization revote, an independent arbitrator ruled last week.  In an email sent twenty-four hours prior to the elect... More »

Uber, Flexibility and Employee Status

Published May 18th, 2018 -

Professor Estlund argues that if gig firms have to classify their workers as employees (as I believe the law now requires, and as the Dynamex decision makes more likely), those firms will respond by “exercising greater control over hours and scheduling, ... 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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 20, 2018

Published April 20th, 2018 -

Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler announced a groundbreaking bill in the California legislature to end the use of forced arbitration to cover up workplace sexual harassment. AB-3080 would prohibit employers from requiring workers or prospective employees to sign... More »