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Regulating the scope of employment in the gig economy: Towards enhanced rights at work in the age of Uber

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Luca Deon

The London School of Economics and Political Science, GB
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The growth of the gig economy sector presents challenges for employment lawyers. Firms such as Uber label their workforce as ‘independent contractors’, meaning that many in the gig economy often lie outside the parameters of employment protection laws. Fortunately, tribunals and courts have frequently rebutted this highly questionable label, instead finding that they are ‘workers’ in many recent cases. However, as this paper discusses, it is not satisfactory to rely solely on litigation to enhance rights at work in the gig economy. Instead, there is consensus that legislative change is needed to improve regulating the scope of employment. The recent proposals in the Taylor Review will be helpful in protecting gig economy workers, but the degree to which it will effectively enhance rights is disputed. Given the current situation for those working in the gig economy, and the lack of a silver bullet solution, it is reasonable to say that even pragmatic legislative change in this area would be welcomed. The rise of the gig economy is therefore a wake-up call for politicians concerned with enhancing and extending workers’ rights to those who most need them.
How to Cite: Deon, L., 2020. Regulating the scope of employment in the gig economy: Towards enhanced rights at work in the age of Uber. LSE Law Review, 5, p.None.
Published on 30 Mar 2020.
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