Uber and the issue of on-call time

If you have read my blog before you know I have written about the woes of Uber in the past. They are the standard bearer for the “gig” economy. However, a number of people who could not abide by the being independent contractors have sued to be considered “employees” rather than independent contractors.Numerous suits have …

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The “gig” economy takes another blow

Uber, the darling of the gig economy, and the model on which many other companies established themselves, has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive practices. Oops. Admission In the settlement with the FTC, Uber has admitted to substantially inflating the earnings possibilities for drivers who go to work for them. According to …

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Future Friday: The new Uber employee may not be one for long

I came across an article called The Rapid Rise of Robots Replacing Workers, written by Edwin Smith in Raconteur. Smith reports that in England a recent court decision has declared that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. This is similar to many court decisions here in the United States. How does this play …

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The ADA and Entrepreneurial start-ups

I know that many start-ups don’t consider human resources related laws when they are getting started. They focus on getting their product or service up and running, whether they have the suppliers they need and of course the potential market. If they consider HR at all it is in the realm of payroll. Most federal …

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A new salvo fired in the war on Independent Contractors

In case you have not noticed there is a war of sorts going on over the definition of independent contractors, in particular the case of Uber and Lyft. There are many combatants in this battle. This most recent clash was instigated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Who is involved? On one side we have …

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Independent contractor versus employee: “Control” is the issue

In a widely publicized decision in June 2015 the California Labor Commission declared that an individual that drove for Uber was not an independent contractor but was an employee and subsequently owed for mileage, tolls and interest on her car. (Interestingly they did not pay her wages for hours worked, but that was mostly due …

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Future Friday: The future worker is a contractor or is it?

A great deal has been written about the future of work in what has been called the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. The use of independent contractors has been deemed to be the way of the future. It appears however, that not everyone is bought into the concept. Contractors who considered themselves employees have filed lawsuits …

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