Handy is trying to change labor law in eight states 

  From Quartz at Work, Sarah Kessler reports on the efforts by Handy and Uber to change state laws to define an independent contractor in the online digital marketplace.  Sarah writes: Within the last six months, legislators in at least eight states have introduced bills that declare workers for “online digital marketplaces” to be freelancers, or independent…

Proposed California Law Would Establish Portable Benefits For Gig Companies And Address Misclassification Issue 

California

  From JDSupra, Benjamin Ebbink discusses proposed legislation in California that would create portable benefits for gig workers. Benjamin writes: As we have previously discussed, one of the hottest gig economy issues to dominate political and public policy debate has been “portable” benefits – the concept that gig economy workers should have flexible, portable benefits that they…

Managing Remote Workers Requires New Communication Strategies

by David Mizne, from 15Five.com Remote workers have become a regular fixture of the business world. Whether someone works part of a day or week at home or full-time outside the office, the concept is no longer rare. Flexible scheduling has taken a premium spot among benefits that employees seek. While the upside to remote…

NY Provides Protections from Sexual Harassment to Contractors

New York State

  From Politico, Marie J. French discusses the New York state budget and a provision that extends protections from sexual harassment to independent contractors and other non-employees. Marie writes: Critics say new protections against workplace sexual harassment are inadequate, although it’s likely that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders will hail them as a key achievement.…

New Partnership Will Combat Wage Theft and Other Crimes

Alaska

  Alasksa Business publishes a press release from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development that says that the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Alaska Institute for Justice are working together to fight wage theft including working misclassification.  It states: JUNEAU, Alaska—The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Alaska Institute…