The new economy is based upon a new definition of workers: where you once had an employee, fully protected by labor laws, social security and workers’ comp, you now have independent contractors who operate with zero benefits. Where independent contractors used to be characterized by their unique skills and complete independence from control, you now have workers who labor under policies and procedures determined by companies who insist that they are not employers.
So how would you define an Uber driver: employee or independent contractor? A lawsuit filed in California and Massachusetts alleges that drivers are employees and thus entitled to all employee benefits. Uber insists that the drivers are independent contractors.