Last week was a tough one for Uber, an exemplar of the “sharing economy.” Multiple lawsuits against the company are focused on the status of drivers as employees or independent contractors, and now the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner has issued an advisory opinion stating that it believes Uber’s drivers are employees. Oregon joins California, where the Labor Commissioner issued a similar opinion in June. Meanwhile, Uber accidentally exposed the personal data of hundreds of drivers in a data breach.
- A possible Nobel Prize contender resigned from the University of California, Berkeley last week following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
- HR Morning published a seven-point checklist describing the interactive process required when employers deal with requests for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Tucson, Arizona’s first female firefighter’s victory in her sexual harassment suit was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Forbes explained five emerging technologies to integrate into business.
- LinkedIn announced new algorithms to help recruiters find talent.
- A new study from the University of Cambridge found that 87 percent of Android phone users are susceptible to data breaches.
- MIT announced that it has created a data analytics filter that does away with the need for human intuition.
- NBC News covered how much personal data is worth. Hint: Not much.
In other developments:
- Doug Hass offered tips on how to classify workers under the FLSA when they perform exempt and non-exempt duties.
- Amazon will face a second class action lawsuit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.