Employment Law and the Gig Economy: Worker Classification, Recent Developments, and Practical Considerations

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to employment counsel, gig businesses, and those businesses relying on gig workers on how to address common legal issues and mitigate risks stemming from the emerging gig economy. This program will examine the gig economy's impact on employers across multiple industries with respect to worker classification, state and federal regulations, and exemption issues.

Description

Typically, businesses offering platforms for gig workers or businesses utilizing these workers through platforms are forced to wade through myriad tests and regulations at the federal and state level. If the business operates in multiple states, there may be dozens of related - although different - tests applicable. This framework has created numerous regulatory and strategic questions for businesses. Additionally, the recent Dynamex decision in California concerning worker classification and several state safe harbors laws have raised further questions in the gig economy about worker classification.

In addition, state and local lawmakers are considering and enacting other laws regulating gig workers, notably those mandating paid sick leave and portable benefits. New York City recently passed the nation's first minimum pay rate, guaranteeing $17.22 per hour for drivers for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.

Listen as our distinguished panel guides employment counsel on how to navigate common employment issues in today's gig economy. The panel will discuss recent case law, state and federal regulations, worker classification, and exemption issues.

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Outline

  1. Common employment issues in today's new gig economy
  2. State law and federal guidance
  3. Recent case law
  4. Best practices for employers using gig workers

Benefits

The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the employment issues commonly triggered by gig workers?
  • What statutes and regulations have state and federal governments passed concerning gig workers?
  • How are courts handling employment issues for gig workers?
  • How can gig businesses mitigate some of the risks common in the industry?

Faculty

Mates, Joshua
Joshua O. Mates

Partner
Cooley

Mr. Mates' practice includes both employment counseling and litigation. In the litigation context, he has handled...  |  Read More

O’Shea, Gerard
Gerard O’Shea

Partner
Cooley

Mr. O’Shea is the lead employment counsel for numerous gig economy businesses throughout the country and has been...  |  Read More

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