Monday, October 17, 2016

NY: Uber drivers are employees for unemployment claims

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The ongoing saga continues... are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors? I don't usually cover out-of-state unemployment compensation decisions. That said, I enjoy the back-and-forth regarding Uber drivers; so, here's an article on just such a decision: Uber Drivers Ruled Eligible for Jobless Payments in New York State.

I'm inclined to think that they're independent contractors. I'm also inclined to question our current framework - in particular, the huge importance we place on a binary classification of independent contractor versus employee. The reality is almost always some shade of gray.

If you're in Pennsylvania and/or the Third Circuit, I've written on the various tests - New Article: Is your Independent Contractor an Employee?