updating employment laws to reflect changing needs of the gig economy

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Millions of Californians are choosing to work as independent contractors in the emerging gig economy for the freedom and flexibility it provides—to choose the work they want, set their own hours, negotiate their pay and more. Updating outdated employment laws and regulations to address the needs of this growing workforce segment while not stifling both the innovative new technologies and businesses that are making these jobs possible is critical. That was the focus of an OpEd in the San Francisco Chronicle by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Lyft CEO Logan Green and Lyft President John Zimmer, whose companies are creating some of these new job opportunities.

The three were responding to state legislation (AB 5, Lorena Gonzales) that would undermine the ability of many independent contractors to be their own bosses, forcing them to become full-time regular employees. While that may work for some, it doesn’t work for everyone. And, it could drive up costs for consumers and others who rely on independent contractors for a whole range of services. The Bay Area Council, which counts Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies among its members along with more traditional employers, supports updating laws and regulations to reflect the new realities of a changing workforce and the needs of all types of workers. The OpEd lays out several proposals that would accomplish just that. Legislators should give them strong consideration. To engage in the Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee, please contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.

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