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New York Court Rules Gig Drivers Are Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Drivers for the online food delivery service Postmates Inc. are employees who are eligible for state unemployment insurance, New York’s top court has ruled. The ruling upsets the “gig” business model of courier service Postmates and other platforms like transportation …

Uber Drivers Take Backseat in Clash Between Safety and Customer Privacy

Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only a few months, …

Truckers Are Exempt from California’s ‘Gig Worker’ Law, Judge Finds

California’s new “gig worker” law does not apply to independent truck drivers because they are subject to federal statute, a Los Angeles judge ruled, handing a victory to one industry that is challenging a state effort to clamp down on …

Supreme Court Lets Stand American Family Ruling Agents Are Independent Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal brought by insurance agents of American Family Insurance Co. who have claimed they were wrongly classified as independent contractors and denied benefits. The high court’s decision to not review …

More Than $270K in Fines Issued Against Firms in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

Investigations by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division into complaints of workers being improperly employed at a large poultry plant in Bozrah has led to fines of more than $270,000 and hundreds of violations against the …

EU Parliament Approves Law Establishing Basic Rights for Gig Workers

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a law setting minimum rights for workers in the “gig economy,” a move that may benefit Uber drivers, Deliveroo and Just Eat food couriers and others. Gig workers are usually treated as independent contractors …

Drivers Get $750K Settlement in Dispute with Connecticut Limo Company

A limousine company dispute in Connecticut has resulted in a $750,000 settlement for 23 current and former drivers. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that drivers for Connecticut Limousine recently agreed to settle their lawsuit over allegations the New Haven-based company …

Relax, Uber’s Not Interested in Entering Insurance Business

While it is weighing providing benefits and insurance to its independent contractor drivers, ridesharing giant Uber is not interested in getting into the insurance business itself. Rather, the global transportation firm is content to focus on being an “intelligent purchaser” …

Virginia Forms Task Force to Block Worker Misclassification

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with a plan to prevent worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The state estimates that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors costs Virginia as …

Sizing Up the Gig Economy

Look around, and it seems more Americans are working outside traditional full-time jobs — whether as freelance graphic designers or independent contractors or Uber drivers. Or maybe not. A government report this week suggested that the proportion of such jobs …