Magazine December 22, 2019, Issue

What to Do about the Gig Economy

Uber’s logo on a mobile phone (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)
California is imposing onerous new regulations, but there is another way

Next year, a California law cracking down on “gig economy” companies such as Uber will go into effect. These companies have typically classified their workers as independent contractors rather than full employees, which has profound implications under modern labor law: no collective-bargaining rights, fewer antidiscrimination protections, less regulation of working conditions and benefits. But under the new statute, passed to codify and clarify a recent decision by the state’s supreme court, it will become a lot harder to treat workers as contractors for the purpose of the state’s wage-and-hour policies, which pertain to matters such as minimum wage, breaks, overtime,

This article appears as “What to Do with the Gig Worker” in the December 22, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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