On-demand workers should be covered by workers’ compensation

With more people engaging in work for on-demand companies such as Uber (driving), Care.com (child care and home care), TaskRabbit (home services) and Postmates (delivery), the question of whether workers are “employees” or “independent contractors” has become a central one. On-demand companies, especially those operating in highly dangerous sectors, should be required to provide workers’ compensation to those who work for them.

NELP (National Employment Law Project) (2016), On-demand workers should be covered by workers’ compensation, Policy Brief.

Metadata

  • Care.com, Postmates, TaskRabbit, Uber
  • health and care, household tasks, professional services, transport
  • On-location client-determined higher-skilled work, On-location client-determined moderately skilled work, On-location client-determined routine work, On-location platform-determined routine work
  • United States
  • 2016
  • Other
  • employment status, health and safety, legal issues, social protection
  • English
  • National Employment Law Project (Research institute)
  • Open access
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