iOS app Android app

Independent Contractors

Electionomics: Fixing The Sham Of Misclassified Workers

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Reigning in worker misclassification and the abuse of so-called "independent contractors" is one of the more daunting challenges in taking on economic inequality. But any serious plan to address the nation's economic divide must include an aggressive strategy to take on this costly epidemic.

Electionomics - The High Stakes for American Workers in the 2016 Elections

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that the presidential race has already become a contest o...

Misguided Steps in Efforts to Harness the "Gig Economy"

Donald J. Polden | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
Donald J. Polden

Open up a legal or business paper today, and you'll notice they are filled with articles on attempts to understand the emerging "gig" or sharing econo...

Lyft Agrees To Revised $27 Million Deal In Class Action Lawsuit

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 (Reuters) - Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they s...

Independent Contractors -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

In the nearly two decades that I have been advising small business owners, I can't count the number of times the problems faced by the organization involved misclassification of staff as independent contractors (IC) instead of employees.

How the on-demand economy threatens workers and democracy

The Heller School | Posted 03.23.2016 | Business
The Heller School

As on-demand companies like Uber and Instacart find savvy ways to navigate employment law, the misclassification of employees as independent contractors allows them to maximize profits at their workers' expense.

Mindful Work

Ira Israel | Posted 09.04.2016 | Media
Ira Israel

"Capital is different from money. Money is used simply to purchase goods and services for consumption. Capital is more durable and is used to generate...

Sharing a Mirage Economy

Glyn Vincent | Posted 02.10.2017 | Business
Glyn Vincent

It's pouring rain out during the morning rush hour and you're standing on a corner with your aging mother with no taxis in sight.

Jesus and the Gig Economy

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 01.10.2017 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's common across cultures as the year turns to wish people not only a "happy" new year, but also a "prosperous" one. You certainly don't need to bes...

Three Things Forward-Thinking Companies Need to Know to Attract Millennial Independent Workers in 2016

Gene Zaino | Posted 01.04.2017 | Business
Gene Zaino

Millennials currently make up 30% of America's independent workforce. Within the next two years, they will become the largest generation of self-emplo...

Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

New York City Has A Plan To Help Freelancers Get Paid On Time

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.30.2015 | Business

When it comes to getting paid on time, freelancing sucks. Freelancers often don't get paid with the same assured regularity that salaried, or even ho...

No One Is Actually Sure If The 'Sharing Economy' Even Exists

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business

There has been a lot of hype lately about the so-called gig economy. It's huge! It's growing! We're all going to be freelancers soon! But is this actu...

Do You Freelance?

Jill Jacinto | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business
Jill Jacinto

Did you know that 53 million Americans are currently freelancing? That comes out to roughly 34 percent of the workforce. Are you a 1099 or freelance p...

What Labor Icon Joe Hill Can Still Teach the World 100 Years After His Death

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

If legendary labor activist Joe Hill were alive today - and some contend that he is - he would have plenty to say about the state of the American worker. And the country, if it listened, would have plenty to learn.

Amazon Prime Now Drivers Claim They're Paid Less Than Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business

Well, that didn't take long. It was just a few weeks ago that Amazon launched its Amazon Prime Now service in Los Angeles and several other metropolit...

The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

Nikki Fortunato Bas | Posted 10.19.2016 | Business
Nikki Fortunato Bas

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.

The Independent Work Boom: Why it's Good for the U.S. Economy

Gene Zaino | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Gene Zaino

The future of work is already here, and the innovation and entrepreneurship it will unleash are unprecedented. Will the trend towards independence continue? All signs point to "yes."

Dear Uber: America Needs a Caring, Not a Sharing Economy

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 09.08.2016 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Americans are looking to corporate citizens to embrace their responsibilities to workers and the public. The enormous popularity of minimum wage increases and anti-wage theft measures are a powerful barometer of this desire, and one that Uber and other sharing economy players would do well to heed.

Worker Definitions in the 'New' Economy Are an Old School Trick

Rebecca Smith | Posted 08.13.2016 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Changing a worker's title to "independent contractor" is an age-old way to claim exemption from core labor and tax laws.

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees and Not Independent Contractors: 5 Notable Takeaways

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Cathy Ruckelshaus

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an important Administrator's Interpretation that provides clear and timely guidance on the question of who is properly considered an "employee" and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and who is not.

The Independent Contractor in the New Freelance Economy

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Katie Vlietstra

You most likely have used Uber to get you where you want, or NoWait to snag a reservation at a hot, new restaurant, or bought gifts through the online marketplace Etsy. These services are part of a growing and on-demand business demographic called the "freelance economy."

Dave Jamieson

California Official Dismantles Uber's 'Independent Contractor' Model | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business

An official at the California Labor Commission has taken an axe to Uber's claim that its drivers are really independent operators and not employees of...

Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

One of the most pervasive and damaging trends we are seeing in the workplace is the deliberate misclassification of workers by employers looking to cut costs. Two judgments announced this week in Utah and Arizona demonstrate our commitment to cracking down on this practice, whereby companies claim that their workers are not employees but independent contractors.

10 Tips to Lower Your Exposure When Using Independent Contractors to Staff Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Every business owner should at least consider using independent contractors in some fashion in her company. Here are 10 concrete suggestions to help you avoid the most common pitfalls of using independent contractors so that you can protect your company.