Uber Case Pros And Cons

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From the time we are small children we are taught the importance and reminded of various clichés such as sharing is caring. This sentiment poses the question of whether or not sharing in the best practice for the future of the economy. Past labor practices appear outdated in competition with the growth of the gig economy and a new emphasis on job sharing and a huge growth in independent contracting. Hence, the gig economy, in which temporary employment is the norm and the ratio of independent contractors to employees changes drastically, will become the new standard of the labor force. While the future of labor currently lies in the gig economy, this labor structure may not be as advantageous for employer and employees as they believe and would…show more content…
The I.R.S has created a test that can be used to determine the difference, additionally, other common law cases have set a precedent for the long debated issue of the role of the employee versus the role of the independent contractor. This issue is especially relevant in light of the Uber case as well as past cases including FedEx and Microsoft. Because of the broad, yet strict standards of the law, classifying a worker as an employee or as an independent contractor is a challenging task. Therefore, if this truly were the future, it would be in the best interest of corporations to lobby for a third legal category of workers, in order to protect themselves from litigation and large penalties. However, this high risk is not the only threat to…show more content…
This labor structure will force employers to be even less connected to their workers. For instance, an independent contractor may work for a company only once to complete a task. Due to this high turnover, the employer relationship is destroyed because no relationship ever needs to be made. In an article from The Nation, Henwood asserts that the sharing economy monetizes “the desperation of people in the post-crisis economy while sounding generous.” Additionally, employment in the sharing economy has already failed among some of the most educated
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