Are Uber Drivers Employees Or Contractors?
Aug. 21, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently concluded that Uber drivers and other “gig” workers are considered independent contractors, not employees. This major policy change under President Trump concerning the so-called gig economy is a departure from that followed by the Obama administration, which found that workers who found work through apps were likely to be employees.As a consequence of the decision, Uber drivers and other gig workers are not entitled to the privileges provided to employees such as receiving a minimum wage, being paid overtime and receiving workers compensation or unemployment benefits. Further, gig workers are now prohibited from unionizing to demand higher pay, better benefits and better working conditions.
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