Opinion: Gig companies want to change the rules about who qualifies as an employee. Here’s why they’re wrong
The hardware store down the street has to pay minimum wage, the dry cleaner pays unemployment taxes and the diner buys workers’ compensation insurance. Mom-and-pop businesses have managed to make a living while following basic workplace laws for decades. Yet the creative disrupters in Silicon Valley who run Uber, Postmates and other “gig” companies say they can’t make a go of it following the same rules as everyone else.
Instead, gig companies are urging Congress and state lawmakers to create a new category of worker, without the full protections that employees receive. But like all other businesses, gig companies should be required to treat their workers as employees, not as independent contractors or any other designation.