Workers in the Sharing Economy: Employment Prospects for Independent Contractors Following the Uber Ruling

Price: $224 OnDemand

Nicholas Woodfield
Principal & General Counsel, The Employment Law Group, P.C.
John Scalia
Senior Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


The California Labor Commissions’ June 16, 2015 ruling that a former San Francisco-based Uber driver was not an independent contractor but rather was an employee threatens the viability of Uber’s independent contractor driven business model.  This decision promises to impact workers and business in other aspects of the “sharing” economy.

Discover effective ways to property structure independent contractor relationships with this program. Get informed perspectives from both sides of the issue – worker and management – and discuss precedent surrounding the evolving area of employment law.

Educational Objectives:
• Understanding the legal issues and risks associated with classifying workers as independent contractors.
• Understanding current legal precedent and potential future developments.
• Understanding 1099 independent contractor compliance.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate counsel, employment law attorneys, HR professionals, and Risk and Compliance professionals would all gain incisive perspectives and applicable information for their respective positions and organizations regardless of industry.



Mr. Nicholas Woodfield is a seasoned trial attorney specializing in civil litigation and appellate advocacy who has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.  Mr. Woodfield has tried more than 30 jury trials and 20 non-jury trials; Washingtonian magazine has named him to its Top Lawyers list for his representation of employees in workplace disputes.  He focuses his practice on whistleblower complaints; Fair Labor Standards Act wage non-payment and misclassification claims (exempt/non-exempt and independent contractor); False Claims Act (qui tam) claims; and discrimination and retaliation cases.  Mr. Woodfield is President of the Virginia Employment Lawyer’s Association and he serves as the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Virginia State Advisory Representative to its Judicial Nominations Committee.  His successes have been recognized by various publications, including BNA’s Daily Labor Report, The National Law Journal, Human Resource Executive Online, and Employment Law360.

Mr. Woodfield is admitted to practice in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and D.C. Circuits, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Northern District of Florida, the District of Maryland, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.  He earned his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University.


John Scalia is a management-side employment lawyer with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. As Senior Counsel located in the firm’s Washington, DC office*, Mr. Scalia has over two decades of experience representing employers in a broad range of employment issues. He defends employers in breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and wage and hour actions in federal and state courts, in private mediation and arbitration proceedings, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and equivalent state administrative agencies. He also advises employers on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, including: Wage payment, wage and hour, and worker classification; hiring and firing, and employee performance and conduct; internal employee complaints and workplace investigations; leaves of absence and disability accommodation; employment agreements and restrictive covenants; personnel policies and procedures; human resources and management training; and workforce restructuring, layoffs and reductions in force. He has particular expertise in the following employment laws: Title VII and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

Mr. Scalia is admitted to practice in Virginia and California, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California.  He earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of law and his B.A. from Santa Clara University.