New York officials recognize three Uber drivers as employees

New York State

  From engadget, Mariella Moon reports that Uber will be required to pay unemployment taxes for its driver in New York because they will be considered employees. Mariella writes: New York authorities have reached a decision that could change the way Uber drivers are classified — at least when it comes to unemployment insurance. The New York State Unemployment…

DOL Signals Return to Historical Test to Decide Worker Classification 

care worker with older man

  From TLNT, Tammy D. McCutchen, Angelo Spinola, Theresa M. Waugh and Jessie M. Brown discuss the new Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) issued by the United States Department of Labor (DOL).  They write: Returning to its historical approach, the DOL in the new FAB states it will consider the “totality of the circumstances to evaluate whether an employment relationship exists” and…

Independent workforce continues to grow, generating $1.3T in revenue 

independent workers economic contribution

  From HRDive, Valerie Bolden-Barrett discusses the recent report from MBO Partners that shows independent workers contributed $1.3 trillion to the economy in 2017. Valerie writes: Independent workers, also known as contingent or gig workers, have garnered a great deal of attention as of late. Some reports predicted that independent workers will outnumber those in traditional jobs by…

State Court Concludes ABC Test Should Be Applied Retroactively

California

  From the Gig Employer Blog, Richard Mengeghello discusses the recent California court ruling that says the new ABC test adopted by the California Supreme Court should be applied retroactively. Richard writes: One of the biggest questions remaining about the test was whether it should be applied retroactively. In other words, should businesses be protected for having…

Will California’s New Worker Classification Test Be Applied Retroactively? One Judge Says Yes

police car in rear view mirror

From the Recorder, Erin Mulvaney reports that one judge says employers need to be looking in their rear view mirror because the new ABC test adopted by the California Supreme Court should be applied retroactively. Erin writes: Gig economy companies and judges are grappling with the California Supreme Court ruling that upended how employers classify their workers, and whether…