Selected Newspaper and Other Articles of Note (Including Quotes by This Blog’s Publisher)

2017 (4 quotes)

  • Labor Secretary Reverses Joint Liability and Independent Contractor Policies,” by David Sparkman, Material Handling and Logistics, June 12, 2017 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • NYC Freelancers Due Contracts, Timely Pay,” by John Herzfeld, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, May 12, 2017 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Worker Misclassification and the Freelance Economy,” by Lisa Higgins, HR Daily Advisor, April 4, 2017 (referencing White Paper by Richard Reibstein)
  • UberBLACK Plaintiffs May Have Good Argument in Notable Class Action Case,” by S. Laney Griffo, The Pennsylvania Record, January 18, 2017 (quoting Richard Reibstein)

2016 (14 quotes)

  •  “Drivers Challenge Uber for Pay While Waiting for Riders,” by Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 27, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Gig Workers and Job-Related Bias: Are Protections on the Way?” by Patrick Dorrian, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, December 19, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • “Freelancer Wage Bill Signed by New York Mayor,” by Michael Rose, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, November 16, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • How Will These Freelancer Protections Work, Exactly?” by Emma Whitford, The Gothamist, November 4, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Yoga Instructors Determined to be Independent Contractors by New York’s Highest Court,” by Abbi White, Legal Newsline, November 2, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Ex-Uber Driver From N.J. Seeking to Sue About Overtime Pay,” by Tim Darragh, NJ.com, May 31, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Congratulations Uber, You’re All Grown Up: The Class-Action Lawyers Are Circling,” by Daniel Fisher, Forbes, May 3, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Uber Sued Again Over Drivers’ Employment Status,” by Tracey Lien, Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Uber Drivers Welcome That $100-Million Settlement, But Here’s What They’re Still Missing,” by Tracey Lien, Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Judge Turns Down $12M Lyft Settlement,” by Rebecca Campbell, Legal Newsline, April 20, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Settlement Seen As Unlikely In Uber Drivers’ Class Action Lawsuit,” by Michael Carroll, Legal Newsline, March 16, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sues Seattle Over Uber, Lyft Ordinance,” by Heather Somerville and Dan Levine, Reuters, March 13, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Think Uber Employee Issues Don’t Affect Your Business? Think Again,” by Frances McMorris, American City Business Journal, January 29, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Lyft Settles Worker Misclassification Lawsuit For $12.25 Million,” by Tracey Lien, Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2016 (quoting Richard Reibstein)

2015 (15 quotes)

  • Taxi Drivers Clog Philadelphia Street To Protest Uber,” by Laura Robinson, Mercury News Daily, December 16, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize,” by Heather Somerville, Reuters, December 14, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • “Uber Rebuffed by Judge in Ruling on Drivers’ Suit,” by Mike Isaac, The New York Times, September 1, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • She Thought She Was Entitled To Maternity Leave.  After Asking For It, She Lost Her Job,” by Lydia DePillis, Washington Post, August 14, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Amid Backlash, Lawsuits, More Delivery Startups Converting Contractors to Employees,” by Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News, August 6, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • On the Warpath Against Independent Contractor Schemes,” by Brian Joseph, Fair Warning, July 23, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Investors Are Overlooking One Thing When They Throw Money at ‘Uber for X’ Startups,” by Biz Carson, Business Insider, July 21, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • “Employers Brace for Scrutiny After Misclassification Memo,” by Aaron Vehling, Law 360,July 16, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Employees vs. Independent Contractors: U.S. Weighs In on Debate Over How to Classify Workers,” by Melanie Trottman, Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2015.
  • Growth in the ‘Gig Economy’ Fuels Workforce Anxieties,” by Noam Scheiber, New York Times, July 12, 2015.
  • “The Driver Who Beat Uber is Just the Beginning – Get Ready for a Flood of Copycat Cases,”by Biz Carson, Business Insider, July 14, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Uber Case May Hinge on What the Drivers Want,” by Dan Fisher, Forbes, July 10, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Uber and the Not-Quite-Independent Contractor,”by Justin Fox, Bloomberg Voice, June 23, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Uber Driver Is an Employee, Not a Contractor, California Regulators Say,” by Thad Moore, Washington Post, June 17, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • Independent Contractor Issues: A Tale of Drivers, Strippers and Lawsuits,” by Michelle Rafter, Workforce, June 17, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • California Says Uber Driver is Employee, Not a Contractor,” by Mike Isaac and Natasha Singer, New York Times, June 17, 2015.
  • “(In)dependent Contractor Misclassification,” by Francoise Carre, Working Paper No. 403, Economic Policy Institute, June 8, 2015 (citing blog post by Richard Reibstein, August 29, 2014).
  • “Lawsuit Claims Instacart ‘Personal Shoppers’ Should Be Classified as Employees,” by  Katie Steinmetz, Time Magazine, March 18, 2015.
  • “No, Driver Lawsuits Won’t Destroy the ‘Uber for X’ Business Model: Companies Will Just Have to Make Less in Profits,” by Lydia DePillis, Washington Post, March 13, 2015 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “Employee or Contractor? Health Care Law Raises Stakes,” by Conrad De Aenlle, New York Times,  14, 2015.

2014 (5 quotes)

  • “How Fedex Is Trying to Save the Business Model That Saved It Millions,” by Lydia DePillis, Washington Post,  23, 2014 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “Lawsuits May Cause Business Owners to Rethink ‘Sharing Economy,’” by Rob Wile, Fusion, Oct. 22, 2014(quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • FedEx Drivers Were Employees, Not Contractors, Court Rules” by Susan Kelly, FierceCFO,  8, 2014 (quoting Richard Reibstein)
  • “Why is Worker Misclassification a Problem?” by Mandy Locke and Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC,  Sept. 4, 2014.
  • “FedEx Decisions Have State Tax Implications For Companies with Independent Contractors,” Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report, Sept. 2, 2014 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “New Lawsuit Claims Uber Exploits Its Drivers,” by Michael B. Farrell, Boston Globe, June 6, 2014.
  • “Grocery Deliveries in the Sharing Economy,”by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, May 21, 2014.
  • “Pay Violations Rampant  in Low-Wage Industries Despite Enforcement Efforts,” Fair Warning, May 13, 2014 (quoting Richard Reibstein).

2013 (2 quotes)

  • Q&A: Reuters Interviews IC Compliance and Misclassification Legal Blog Publisher Richard Reibstein, June 12, 2013(interview of Richard Reibstein).
  • “Payroll Audits Put Small Employers on Edge: Tax Crackdown Comes as Use of Contract Workers Grows; Companies Find Rules Unclear,” by Angus Loten and Emily Maltby, Wall Street Journal,  Mar. 13, 2013. 
  • Regulators Crack Down on Classifying Workers as Contractors,” by Jennifer Smith, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 3, 2013.
  • “Changes in Employment Laws May Affect Your Bottom Line,” by Kenneth Briodagh, Event Marketer,  28. 2013 (quoting Richard Reibstein).

2010-2012 (3 quotes)

  • “FedEx Fails to Deliver for Drivers: FedEx Drivers Are Part of the Ever-Blurring Line Between Employees and Contractors,” by Amy Biegelson, Public Integrity,  2, 2012 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “U.S. and Local Governments Crack Down on Employers Who Pay Workers as Contractors,” by Vickie Elmer, Washington Post,  9, 2011.
  • “A Workforce Trend: The Nonemployee – Wary of a Downturn (and Paying Benefits), Companies Shy Away From Permanent Staff,” by Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer,  2, 2011 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “States, feds crack down on firms using ‘contract workers’,” by Paul Davidson, USA Today, Dec. 13, 2010
  • “FedEx Ground Issues New Standards for Independent Contractors,” Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2010
  • “Feds Poised to Pursue Worker Misclassification as a Crime,” by Martha Neil, American Bar Association Journal,  28, 2010 (quoting Richard Reibstein).
  • “Franchisees: We’re Employees, Not Contractors, by Richard Gibson, Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2010.
  • “Law Puts Squeeze on Freelancers: Independent Contractors Say Tightening of U.S., Mass. Measures Hurt Livelihood,” by Katie Johnston Chase, Boston Globe,  7, 2010.
  • “U.S. Cracks Down on ‘Contractors’ as a Tax Dodge,” by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times,  17, 2010
  • “Budget Boosts Labor Funds to Combat Workplace Fraud,” by Darrell A. Hughes, Wall Street Journal,  1, 2010

Prior to 2010

  • “Temporary Workers and the 21st Century Economy,” by Jody Greenstone Miller, Wall Street Journal,  1, 2009
  • “Employers and Workers Clash in Court Over ‘Contractor Label: IRS Plans to Launch Closer Look at Classifications,” by Cari Tuna, Wall Street Journal,  20, 2009
  • “Drivers May Not Join Union at FedEx Home, Court Rules, by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times,  22, 2009
  • “Dozens of Companies Underpay or Misreport Workers, State Says,” by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, 12, 2008