The Guardian The traditional choice between restaurants, takeaways and home-cooking is being disrupted by the sharing economy. Think Airbnb, but for food. Take, for example, platforms like La Belle Assiette, which connects personal chefs with people who want to host a dinner party in their own home, and others likeShareYourMeal, founded in the Netherlands, which allows Read the full article…
As the sharing economy explodes in growth, with new startups emerging regularly, many city officials are left scratching their heads wondering how to deal with this industry. From Uber and Airbnb, which have become what Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo describes as “death star platforms,” to local sharing projects, much of the sharing economy remains in grey areas.
California lawsuits accusing ride-sharing services and Amazon.com of employee misclassification may reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but requiring such companies to provide workers compensation insurance and other employee benefits likely would not stop their growth, a legal expert says.
Uber Technologies Inc. is ramping up the pressure on Austin’s city leaders as a proposal to mandate fingerprint background checks for its drivers inches its way through City Hall. The app-based ride-hailing company is airing new TV and radio ads featuring testimonials from area residents who talk up how the company’s taxi-like transportation service is making their lives safer and more convenient. It follows a similar campaign that debuted last week that said imposing the regulations would take Austin transit back to the horse and buggy days.
At the November 3 panel “Uber Alles? Implications of the ‘Share Economy,’ ” academics and practitioners addressed a central legal question that Uber and its cohort have raised: Are these drivers independent contractors or employees?
The ride sharing service Uber held a job fair at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Tuesday and more than 150 people attended. Uber is pressuring the New York State Legislature to allow it to operate in upstate New York.
Airbnb announced Wednesday that it plans to establish 100 home-sharing clubs across the country next year to advocate its services and block regulatory crackdowns, Reuters reported. The news came one day after San Francisco voters rejected a proposition Tuesday that would have placed stricter regulations on home-sharing services.