Flex Work In the News

The concept of working as an independent contractor has been around for centuries. In recent years, new technology has given millions of Americans the opportunity to earn money, work flexible hours and be their own boss through independent contracting. Military spouses, transitioning service members, stay at home parents, and people just looking to earn a few extra dollars have all benefited from this type of work—not to mention the millions of consumers who are able to purchase all manner of services right from their phone.

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In the NewsJan 06, 2021 - 4:45pm

DOL Announces Independent Contractor Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its final rule on independent contractors will be published in the Federal Register on January 7. Click here for a copy of the rule.

ArticleNov 12, 2020 - 4:30pm
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California Voters Pass Proposition 22

In the days after an election, one can find countless articles analyzing the results of myriad races, and to be sure, this year is no exception. While some aspects of the 2020 election remain unresolved one item of interest in California was settled decisively.

In the NewsNov 04, 2020 - 12:00pm

California's Proposition 22 passes in major win for food delivery companies

California voters passed Proposition 22, a ballot measure that exempts third-party delivery platforms from reclassifying drivers as employees. The vote was running 58% in favor of the measure and 42% against with over 70% of ballots counted. Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart contributed roughly $200 million to support the measure, which allows the companies to work around AB-5, an initiative California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law in late 2019 that requires employers to reclassify independent contractors as employees.  This election outcome preserves the business model of major food delivery companies in California. If Proposition 22 had not passed, the cost of transitioning gig workers to employee status would have financially gutted the already largely unprofitable restaurant delivery segment.

ArticleAug 21, 2020 - 3:45pm
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California’s Uber-Destructive Debacle

An order by a California appeals court has spared millions of people who use Uber and Lyft in California, at least for now.

ReportAug 06, 2020 - 9:45am

PPI Report: Regulatory Improvement for Independent Workers

The Progressive Policy Institute recently released a report on regulatory reforms for independent workers.

ArticleJun 25, 2020 - 12:45pm
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Misclassification Mayhem Dashes On

The state of California demonstrates its reluctance to foster a good business environment on a regular basis and with seeming alacrity, and one bugaboo du jour among the Golden State’s policymakers is the area of alleged 

In the NewsJun 17, 2020 - 11:15am

The Real Impact of AB 5

In 2019, the California legislature passed A.B. 5, a bill that dramatically curtails the use of independent contractors in the state.  A.B. 5 establishes a three-factor “ABC” test to determine whether someone is an employee, or an independent contractor.  Predictably, the law has upended many successful business models and cost some workers their jobs.

ArticleMay 31, 2020 - 4:15pm
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¡Ay Caramba! California’s Misclassification Mayhem

The fifth day of May is better known in many quarters as Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of the day that Mexico defeated the French empire at the

In the NewsMar 04, 2020 - 4:00pm

California’s AB 5 kills off 40-year Lake Tahoe Music Festival

California’s AB 5 has taken another life: The new law has now killed off the 40-year old Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

ArticleFeb 21, 2020 - 6:00pm
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VA Set to Pass Worker Misclassification Bill

This legislative session, the Virginia State Legislature has taken up numerous pieces of legislation dealing with worker classification, in other words, when a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor.