In a potential blow to Uber and other Oregon taxi companies, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued an advisory opinion Wednesday morning stating that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors. In a statement, Uber said the Bureau of Labor and Industries does not appear to have talked to any drivers and had just a five-minute phone call with an Uber official before issuing the opinion. Uber did not immediately respond to the... [more]
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These are exciting times in the so-called "sharing economy," and not just for Silicon Valley techies and billionaire investors. The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention. Uber drivers in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and a number of other cities called for a strike this past weekend to address issues surrounding tips... [more]
In a victory for low-wage workers victimized by unscrupulous employers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill this week making it easier for employees to collect wages they’re owed. The measure, called the Fair Day’s Pay Act, gives the California Labor Commissioner the authority to penalize employers found guilty of wage theft, and to collect back payment on behalf of workers. Employers found to have stolen wages—and shell corporations created to evade judgements—must post... [more]
One year ago, Boston University economist and business writer David Weil took over as head of the Department of Labor’s most important office, the wage and hour division. In that time, his small corner of the federal bureaucracy has been transformed from innocuous cog to powerful lever in the recent efforts by Barack Obama’s administration to vigilantly police companies that violate the rights of American workers. Weil’s leadership in the fight against employee misclassification —... [more]
A group of carwash owners have filed a lawsuit against New York City charging a new law illegally favors unionized carwashes. The Association of Car Wash Owners lawsuit centers on rules that require owners of nonunionized carwashes to post $150,000 surety bond before obtaining a license. Unionized operations pay only $30,000. The association says the two-tiered system is illegal.