Thứ Sáu, 27 tháng 1, 2017

Tech industry's legal shield is feeling the heat

By Dan Levine as well as Kristina Cooke

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Faced with a battery of lawsuits from workers requiring advantages and recognition as workers, some companies in the fast-growing 'gig economic situation' are looking to clear up the issues through legislation.

Joseph Morelle, the second Democrat in the New York State Assembly, said he has been discussing portable benefits with such business, which utilize occasional workers to offer flights, deliveries, house-cleaning and other services through internet sites as well as apps.

He stated he intends to introduce regulations very early following year, which would certainly be the first of its kind in the USA and also is likely to draw scrutiny from organized labor.

Before that effort, on the internet home-cleaning company Handy has circulated a draft bill, seen by Reuters, that would establish guidelines for a mobile benefits prepare for New york city workers at gig-economy companies.

A crucial element of the draft costs is that it classifies workers at business choosing to join the program as independent contractors instead of staff members under state regulation, as long as the business' dealings with their workers meet particular requirements.

Morelle would certainly not claim whether his proposed regulation would be based upon the draft costs distributed by Useful, only that he was focused on passing some form of legislation to deal with the concerns it raises.

" The gig economy is something increasingly more individuals will certainly be attracted in the direction of, and also we clearly wish to see to it they can get advantages," he claimed.


Handy, ride-hailing solution Uber Technologies Inc and also various other firms in the vanguard of the gig economic situation - also referred to as the 'sharing' or 'on-demand' economy - have fired up a national discussion regarding the best ways to categorize as well as offer benefits to people that function adaptable schedules and uneven hours.

A number of labor unions as well as some of the employees themselves have argued they should be taken into consideration employees, as well as therefore entitled to assured earnings, employer-provided insurance coverage and also various other benefits. The companies have preserved their workers are independent professionals.

Court actions brought by workers at Useful, Uber as well as other comparable companies intending to establish themselves as employees have not been finally dealt with.

If New York lawmakers move forward, they would be the very first in the nation to license industry-wide mobile advantages, and also might work as a model for various other states, particularly if an expense draws support from arranged labor.

The regulations can likewise make it harder for employees at gig-economy companies to persuade courts they must be considered workers.

The draft expense distributed by Handy needs getting involved business to add a minimum of 2.5 percent of the cost for each job to a specific account for the worker, which she or he could then utilize to acquire health insurance or various other advantages.


On its website, Useful says its "top specialists" make greater than $1,000 each week. Under the terms of the draft bill, Handy would certainly be required to add at the very least $1,300 annually for advantages for employees making $52,000 annually.

Companies would be allowed to pass along the price to their clients. Since workers at participating business would be classified as independent contractors, they can not join unions to jointly plan on much better benefits.

Larry Engelstein, executive vice head of state of 32BJ Service Personnel International Union (SEIU), which stands for thousands of cleaning people, claimed under agreements the union works out employers add an annual average of $18,000 each worker for healthcare expenses.

" The quantity of money that's meant to be put into these mobile advantage funds seems so weak," Engelstein stated. "The real benefit a worker is getting rarely warrants just what the worker is quiting."

The SEIU is a backer of the four-year-old "Defend $15" campaign, which intends to elevate pay as well as expand the right to join a union for low-wage employees including fast-food servers, residence treatment aides, airport luggage trainers and also others. For the very first time on Tuesday, some Uber motorists prepare to join the project's protests.

A resource familiar with the Useful proposition claimed it was implied to be a starting point for discussions, not a last bill.

In a declaration, Handy said "it's our view we need both governing adjustment to clear up the legislation, and also we favor some kind of portable advantages."

Uber as well as Morelle declined to comment on the Handy proposal.

Morelle stated he plans to draft the expense following month and introduce it in January. (Coverage by Dan Levine as well as Kristina Cooke in San Francisco; Modifying by Bill Rigby).

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