Author Archives: Richard J. Reibstein, Esq.

Uber’s Former CEO and Current Chairman of the Board Sued Personally for Independent Contractor Misclassification – Is This an Effort to Circumvent Uber’s Arbitration Agreements?

Yesterday, the lawyers representing drivers who have sued Uber in California commenced another lawsuit on behalf of drivers alleging that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees. This lawsuit, though, is not against Uber itself; rather, it is … Continue reading

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May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in Florida) and the introduction of … Continue reading

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Labor Department Withdraws Independent Contractor Misclassification Guidance Issued in 2015: What Does this Mean for Businesses Using ICs?

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a short, 3-sentence News Release where the recently-confirmed Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, announced that he has withdrawn the Labor Department’s formal guidance on two key issues facing businesses: joint employment and independent contractors.  … Continue reading

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What the First-Ever Bill Promoting Portable Benefits for Independent Contractors Would Do – And Would Not Do

Independent contractors and other contingent workers are not currently eligible for workers’ compensation, disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and pension benefits under federal and most state laws. This may well change if the two Democratic sponsors of a bill introduced … Continue reading

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Limited Impact of New Florida Law Deeming Uber, Lyft and Other Ride-Sharing Drivers As Independent Contractors and Not Employees

On May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the Transportation Network Companies Act (HB 221), which designates drivers for ride-sharing companies in the on-demand or gig economy as “independent contractors” as long as the “transportation network company” meets … Continue reading

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