The Gig Economy Is Growing — But Where Is It Headed?

A contributor argues that Uber drivers and Grubhub delivery personnel deserve the same wage guarantees and other benefits as full-time employees November 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The gig economy workforce is expected to hit 9.2 million Americans by 2021 as the convenience economy continues to expand from food delivery and ride-sharing to pharmaceuticals and on-demand event staffing. This was seen with Amazon’s recent acquisition of Pillpack and Uber’s recently announced Uber Works program. Related: 7 Reasons Why the Gig Economy is a Net Positive Despite its obvious growth, this new employment model has been heavily criticized due to its lack of protections for gig workers. Certainly there has been a move toward expanded protectionsfor gig workers: The California Supreme Court Ruling made it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. And New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that […]

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