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Judge sides with city of Seattle in legal dispute with Uber over historic driver unionization law 

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  From Geekwire, Nat Levy discusses a judge’s decision to uphold the Seattle ordinance that allows drivers to organize.  Nat writes: A King County judge today rejected a request from Uber subsidiary Rasier to block several key provisions of Seattle’s historic law that lets drivers for ride-hailing companies decide if they want to bargain collectively. The decision represents a…

Carrier wins classification suit involving leased owner-operators

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    From CCJ, James Jaillet discusses a recent decision in which the owner-operator-drivers were allegedly to be misclassified as independent contractors but the court agreed with the original classification.  James writes: A three-judge panel for the Oregon Court of Appeals said in their July 20 decision that per Oregon law’s four-part test for determining…

Oregon joins Department of Labor’s IC misclassification fight

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    From Staffing Industry Analysts, news that the US Department of Labor signed a memorandum of understanding with Oregon, making it the 29th state to sign a similar agreement. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Labor to combat workers’ misclassification as independent…

Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. City of Seattle

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  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it filed a lawsuit challenging the Seattle ordinance that allows for-hire drivers to organize as a union.  The Chamber’s announcement states: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to challenge a Seattle ordinance that authorizes union…

Your Uber driver should be an independent contractor: Bloomberg View 

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From Oregon Live, Justin Fox proposes that Uber drivers should be independent workers — a new type of worker that is neither an employee nor independent contractor.  Justin writes: Several other countries already have an in-between classification of “dependent contractor.” These generally seem to be people who do their work for one organization, though, so…

Broadway Cab loses ‘independent contractor’ case before Oregon Supreme Court 

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From  OregonLive.com, George Rede reports that the Oregon Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, said that taxicab drivers were employees and not independent contractors.  George writes: In a unanimous opinion, the court held that the drivers in question “performed services for Broadway for remuneration” and therefore the company owes taxes on their wages during 2008 and 2009.…

Oregon purse salesman: Independent contractor or employee?

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From HR.BLR.com, Joanna Perini Abbot writes about a recent case involving a salesperson for high-end handbags.  She reports that the court determined that the question of classification of employee or independent contractor is for the jury.  She writes: “Independent contractor or employee? [the saleperson’s] claim for unpaid wages hinged on whether he was an independent…

More Problems for Uber and Lyft Drivers in Oregon

From Salem-News.com — Drivers for Lyft and Uber are independent contractors and responsible for their own taxes.  This article provides some guidance for these drivers: “Independent contractors will soon deal with some very specific tax issues. (SALEM, Ore.) – We’ve written before about how the issues of liability, insurance and accountability have proven extremely problematic…