The False Promise of “Third-Category” Worker Laws

Over a century ago, in Lochner v. New York, the U.S. Supreme Court infamously struck down a workplace maximum hours law, suggesting that it was “an unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference” …

Economic Security & the Regulation of Gig Work in California: From AB5 to Proposition 22

“Employment is the primary legal and political means to address economic inequality in the United States. With the evisceration of the welfare state, employment is also key to democratic outcomes. …

Sectoral Bargaining Reforms: Proceed with Caution

“After decades of decline, strike activity grew dramatically in 2018 and 2019.1 Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that these two years marked a thirty-five-year high for the number …

The New Racial Wage Code

“The legal identity of on-demand platform workers has become a central site of conflict between labor and industry. Amidst growing economic inequality, labor representatives and workers have demanded that platform …

Gig Workers Are Employees. Start Treating Them That Way.

“The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft. One of the nation’s largest grocery …

Digital Piecework

“Silicon Valley capitalists have brought back piecework, using legal gray zones and digital machinery to accelerate the amount of work that goes unpaid. But, bedazzled by the technology and corporate …

Why Uber and Lyft are taking a page out of big tobacco’s playbook in labor law battle

“Uber and Lyft are waging a scorched-earth regulatory battle to avoid providing basic benefits to their drivers, now considered essential workers, in their largest US market: California. In response to …

The Pitfalls of Uber and Lyft as Franchisors

“Uber and Lyft are in the early stages of discussions to possibly turn many of their California drivers into employees. However, rather than become employees of the companies, the drivers …

A Brief History of the Gig

“In early 2012, San Francisco taxi drivers began to raise the alarm at organizing meetings and city hearings about “bandit tech cabs” pilfering their fares. “I’ll sit at a hotel …

A Brief History of the Gig

In early 2012, San Francisco taxi drivers began to raise the alarm at organizing meetings and city hearings about “bandit tech cabs” pilfering their fares. “I’ll sit at a hotel …

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