The future of work as determined by Uber?


As the pandemic recession drags on people are turning to gig. Work to fill the gaps and the nature of that work is evolving proposition. Twenty two in california which passed this month. Let's companies classified delivery and ride hail drivers as independent contractors but with some requirements. Such as a wade's floor. And some health benefit options some describe it as a third way between benefit free part-time work and traditional full-time employment. If the idea catches on more. Broadly what could it mean for how we work. David-weill is dean at the school for social policy and management at brandeis university. He told me about the origin of this idea. A third way comes in fact from canada where there is a concept of. What's called the dependent contractor where you have a set of protections that are designed for independent contractors that really rely on a single or a small number of major employers who who are contracting their business to protect independent contractors. Who really have this level of dependency. But i think the problem of the third way is the fact that canada's starts in a very different place than workers in this country. Start well so now. We have prop twenty two new york city and seattle have their own laws providing for workers with prop twenty two. These companies have said that they'll start to provide some basic protections. That don't go. as far as you know. Full employer sponsored health insurance are we creeping toward new mindset around how we deal with labor in the us. I think we are. Creeping is the right word. I think what we have done is. Unfortunately we've allowed some very powerful platform companies to dictate the terms of our public policies. I mean remember that in many markets hooper and lift basically their business model was to come in in advance of regulations. Just set the terms on their own before there had been measured public policy discussion. About who are these workers in. Is this an appropriate way to classify them. And what concerns me about the efforts of those platform companies in lots of different places before we even got to prop twenty two was they were trying to in in in many ways dictate the terms about who is protected under different laws. And who isn't and that to me is an appropriate thing for public policies and and people we elect to think about not for people in Any any industry your powerful company to determine for us. I think prop twenty two and a lot of other things that have happened At the state level have pushed us unfortunately towards a defining that based on the interests of You know the small number of businesses rather than on what the what we as a public thinker appropriate protections.

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