Workers, benefits and protections in the U.S. gig economy

2 July 2018 - “Gig economy” or “online platform” companies that provide personal labor services—Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy, Instacart, Grubhub, and others—challenge American law’s system for classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors. Employees are protected by a legally imposed workplace social compact. Independent contractors are not. Yet, the structure of online platforms companies’ relationships with their workers forces their workers into a gray area between the two statuses.

Harris, S. (2018), 'Workers, benefits and protections in the U.S. gig economy', On Labor: Workers, Unions, Politics, 2 July.


  • no specific sector focus
  • United States
  • 2017
  • Article
  • employment status, legal issues
  • English
  • On Labor: Workers, Unions, Politics (Publisher)
  • Open access
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