Earlier this month, “in Lawson v. Grubhub [pdf], a California federal judge granted the gig-employer a huge victory by ruling that [plaintiff Raef] Lawson and all other similarly situated drivers are independent contractors, and notShow More Summary
Efforts to update the unemployment system to reach the gig economy are growing.
The new tax code could accelerate the trend of workers shifting from traditional employment to independent contractor status.
Philip Hammond may celebrate the stats, but these measures simply don’t reflect the realities of life in the gig economy We hear it again and again - politicians boasting about “more people in work than ever before”. At the same time...Show More Summary
Will people in the gig economy be able to retire? New solutions may help them save.
By Kurt Kallaus – Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are spurring an economic and cultural shift toward customizable multi-stream contract work as demand for traditional jobs are eliminated. Independent contractors and...
There are skills you’ll need in order to make it in our evolving economy that you don’t learn in college. College prepares you for your career, but the curriculum may not be enough to prepare you to work in the gig economy. While education...Show More Summary
A federal labor case involving worker classification at an Indiana medical supply delivery company could have broader implications for the on-demand economy, as the National Labor Relations Board looks for input from the business community and labor advocates.
ShearShare, which lets freelance stylists rent out unused salon space, sees an opportunity to help the beauty and grooming industry adapt to the gig economy. In 2012, a stylist approached Tye Caldwell to ask if she could rent space in his Plano, Texas, salon a few days a week. Show More Summary
The first case to go to trial classifying gig economy workers ends in favor of Grubhub. It won’t be the last word.
It may be just another burden for New Yorkers. Cab driver Doug Schifter committed suicide last week, severely distraught due to the crushing weight of the gig economy. Uber, Lyft—and even congestion pricing—were some of the distressing issues he pointed to in the months and weeks leading up to his death. Show More Summary
Kathleen Delaney Thomas (North Carolina) presents Taxing the Gig Economy, 166 U. Pa. L. Rev. ___ (2017), at BYU today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Cliff Fleming and Gladriel Shobe: Due to advances in technology like mobile applications and online platforms, millions of American workers...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants you to know that it’s deeply concerned about the retirement prospects of workers in the “gig economy,” especially those drivers, housecleaners and other such menials who make their living by connecting with clients via online apps. “There should be a focus on...
Marketing for a freelancer or small business might be easier than most people think.
The new tax code could make employees take this leap without looking.
Season 7, Episode 23 This week on Freakonomics Radio: The gig economy offers the ultimate flexibility to set your own hours. That’s why economists thought it would help eliminate the gender pay gap. A new study, using data from over a million Uber drivers, finds the story isn’t so simple. Show More Summary
In a significant court decision on the status of “gig economy” workers, a federal judge ruled drivers for GrubHub Inc. are independent contractors and not employees. The ruling may have far-reaching implications for other sharing economy companies, including Uber Technologies Inc., whose business...
Doug Schifter's demise lays bare the devastation wrought by "disruptors" like Uber. Doug Schifter drove a livery cab for most of his adult life. Since the 1980s, he had traveled upwards of 5 million miles, through five hurricanes and 50 snowstorms. Show More Summary
Improved sick pay, holiday pay and stable contracts should benefit workers for apps like Uber and Deliveroo.