Welcome to the new gig economy, where a tech company’s smartphone app connects you to waiting clients. Or maybe not. Consider Uber’s very bad luck. It won a skirmish in New York City earlier this year, but that victory had nothing to do with the employment status of its drivers—whether they’re employees or independent contractors. On that front, Uber’s lost a lot of the time.
• The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement ruled that a driver was an employee who was entitled to reimbursement for certain business expenses
• A class action lawsuit, also in California, alleges that drivers are employees
• It’s banned in Alaska
• And, finally, the Oregon Department of Labor and Industries recently concluded in an advisory opinion that its drivers are employees. Worse: The opinion relied on the administrative and court cases in California in reaching its conclusion.
The gig economy aside, the Fair Labor Standard...(register to read more)