Category: Employment

California Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

In a recent case, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard for determining when a worker is an independent contractor, and when a worker is an employee. This is a major departure from how workers have been classified in the past, and will have far-reaching effects on employment and the gig economy. The case, […]

Does Your Uber Driver Make Any Money?

Today one of my twitter followers, and someone I actually know from the startup community here in Cincinnati, posted an interesting tweet: “I always open up my @Uber/@lyft email receipts, wincing at the long ride I took, thinking it’ll be $20. It’s consistently less than $9. [celebratory emoticon] The tweet got me thinking about whether […]

Is Your Contractor Really An Employee?

If you weren’t distracted by Donald Trump throwing his comb-around into the presidential ring this week, you might have noticed that the California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, rather than an independent contractor. This meant she was entitled to approximately $4000 in expenses and other costs incurred while driving for […]

EMPLOYER MONITORING OF EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA USE

An increasing concern for employers is their employees’ use of social media. For some time now, employers have been devoting resources to monitoring their employees on social media. I’m not talking about someone taking a couple of minutes to check her Facebook page during the workday. This is about employers monitoring the use of social […]

VC Lawsuit Highlights Need for Discrimination Policies

If you follow the worlds of startups and venture capital, you have probably heard of the sex discrimination lawsuit that Ellen Pao has filed against her former employer, the prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. While there are all sorts of interesting details in the case, one item leapt out at me from […]