Gig Economy Workers, App-Based Companies, and the Law

App-based companies have created a unique labor market for workers. Known as the gig economy, these workers perform tasks for customers that have been assigned to them through mobile apps. The gig workers, if labeled as independent contractors, are left without minimum wage, overtime, benefits, and other job protections that traditional employees receive. That’s drawn the attention of some state governments that say gig workers are being misclassified as contractors to avoid costly benefits and payroll taxes. In this video featuring Bloomberg Law’s Erin Mulvaney, we explore why the companies and state governments are at odds over how to properly classify gig workers.

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