Gig Economy Regulation Under Biden

This week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris began their terms as president and vice president. Both Biden and Harris have expressed views on a range of technology policy issues that are bound to be discussed in Congress as well as state legislatures over the next few years. In the coming days, we will analyze Biden’s […]

On-Demand Industry Launches Coalition

Companies that provide on-demand services through apps like Uber and DoorDash have formed a coalition ahead of a likely debate in Albany over regulations for the sector.  The coalition, set to be announced on Monday, includes companies Lyft, Uber, Instacart, Postmates and DoorDash as well as advocacy organizations like the NAACP New York Conferene and […]

EatStreet Shoots for Midwest Delivery Dominance

As the “big four” delivery brands contract to the “big three,” a vanishingly small number of regional players are thriving below the radar. Started in a dorm room 10 years ago, Madison, Wisconsin-based EatStreet has raked in $50 million in investment funds, which helped the company expand to four states and 25 delivery markets across […]

Labor department considers new independent contractor definition, could be used to federally challenge AB 5

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which could open the door for federal challenges to Assembly Bill (AB) 5. “Once finalized, it will make it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while respecting the decision other workers make […]

Why Uber’s business model is doomed

Having threatened to pull out of California completely, Uber and Lyft recently won a temporary reprieve from orders to reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The companies argued they could not come up with a plan for doing so overnight, even though more than two years have passed since California’s supreme court ordered them […]

Waitr settling former driver class action lawsuit and to give 1.5M stock, not cash

After 18 months in the legal system, Waitr Holdings Inc. is in the final stages of settling a class action lawsuit brought against the company by delivery drivers who claimed they were not paid at least minimum wage in violation of federal law. The value of the settlement could be roughly $7.4 million and the […]

Just Eat to stop using gig economy workers

The boss of one of the world’s biggest food delivery platforms has told the BBC he intends to end gig working at his company across Europe. Jitse Groen, who runs Just Eat Takeaway, says he would rather run his company with staff who get benefits and more workplace protection. It is the model he has […]

Uber and Lyft lose bid to delay worker reclassification order in California

Uber  and Lyft have lost their bid to delay a preliminary injunction that will force the two ride-hailing app companies to reclassify drivers as employees. A California superior court judge denied Thursday the companies request to delay the order from going into effect August 20. The decision sets the stage for a legal fight and will most […]

Lyft joins Uber in threatening to pull out of California over driver status

yft said it would shut down operations in California if forced to classify drivers as employees, the company’s executives said in an earnings call with investors on Wednesday. Lyft joins Uber in threatening to pull out of one of its most important US markets over the question of drivers’ employment status. At issue is the classification of […]

Uber’s California Shutdown Threat Won’t Impact Its Real Money Maker: Uber Eats

A fight over worker classification could prompt Uber to “shut down” in the state of California, company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a TV appearance. That might sound like a big deal, but there’s an aspect to this threat worth noting: Uber has no plans to cease California operations of Uber Eats, a spokesperson confirms […]