The Debate over How to Classify Gig Workers is Missing the Bigger Picture
Posted: 31 Mar 2020
Date Written: 2019
A model that rejects the oversimplified classification of workers can better strike a balance between the dual goals of protection and flexibility. Regardless of classification, workers should be guaranteed minimum compensation, access to benefits such as workers’ compensation, and some form of voice. Regulators and courts should at the same time understand that classification can result in unintended and countereffective consequences, and they should work with both platforms and workers to create solutions that are updated and purposeful. This short article written for the Harvard Business Review offers a path for a more goal-oriented, nuanced way to address emerging patterns of work.
Keywords: gig workers, gig economy, employees, freelancer, ABC test, digital platforms, employee rights, gig worker rights, welfare rights, wage and hour law, Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court
JEL Classification: K10, K31
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