Legal and Governance Structures Built to Share

The Rise of Platform Cooperatives, Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider, eds., 2016, Forthcoming

Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-3

4 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2016 Last revised: 5 Apr 2016

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Miriam A. Cherry

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: March 16, 2016

Abstract

This short piece, scheduled to appear in the book "The Rise of Platform Cooperativism" (editors Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider), discusses the legal issues around choice of entity and governance for on-demand platforms. While platforms are currently established as for-profit businesses that typically match or hire workers, this is not the only option. Instead, new worker owned platforms are being established that could incorporate heightened labor standards. While there are no existing statues that have been written just for platform cooperatives, existing legal structures such as LLCs or B Corporations could be modified for this purpose. While not a perfect fit, these alternatives could accommodate worker-owned platforms.

Suggested Citation

Cherry, Miriam A., Legal and Governance Structures Built to Share (March 16, 2016). The Rise of Platform Cooperatives, Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider, eds., 2016, Forthcoming; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748865

Miriam A. Cherry (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States
314-977-04537 (Phone)

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