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Independent contractor status crashing in USA. Or is it?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

There’s no question that the status of independent contractors is under massive attack in the USA from regulators, courts and activist lawyers. We’ve been following this for some time.

The giant transport company FedEx has for years been fighting to defend the independent contractor status of its drivers. But, in California, FedEx has now agreed to pay $228 million in compensation. This follows a 2014 Californian court ruling that FedEx ‘misclassified’ its drivers as independent contractors.  More...


The rise and rise of self-employment

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Australian union movement has this week been debating its future. It’s worried. Its membership in the private sector is plunging below 14 per cent of the workforce (less than 17 per cent overall). It’s frantic that new disruptive technologies such as Uber, job networking, crowd-sourced funding and more will create an explosion in self-employment. It is horrified that people will become their own bosses!  More...


Now it’s some Canadians complaining about self-employment

Monday, February 09, 2015

You’d think the Canadians would be pleased. Canada’s jobless rate has just dropped further to 6.6 per cent after adding 34,500 jobs in the last month. But this is entirely accounted for by the fact that the number of self-employed individuals has gone up by 41,000. However according to this report this is terrible. The article claims that ‘self-employed does not equal making money’. What planet is this author on?  More...


Uber, Disruption and the Unpredictable

Saturday, January 10, 2015

ICA Executive Director, Ken Phillips, has penned two recent articles on the related themes of disruption and the politically unpredictable.

The first, on the power and disruptive force of Uber, generated a mixed bag of responses, both friendly and hostile. No surprises there! But Ken's point is that disruption is becoming an increasingly commonplace phenomenon in our lives and we need to learn how to deal with it. More...



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