How an Inexplicable New York Court Decision Threatens Uber and Lyft

An Uber car (center) drives up 6th Avenue in New York City in 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
The evidence says gig-economy workers differ from traditional employees. A New York court inexplicably decided otherwise.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I magine a job where you only need to show up for work when you feel like it, and when you do show up, you can refuse to do any task you don’t feel like doing, and even abruptly change your mind and back out on one you’ve agreed to. A job where nobody would ever penalize you for this behavior. Would you consider this arrangement an example of a traditional employer-employee relationship or something different?

That was the question before a tribunal of judges for the New York appellate division last week. You might be surprised to know they decided it

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Sean Higgins is a research fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, specializing in labor policy.


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