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Labor laws are a mismatch with the sharing economy

Joe Kennedy | July 10, 2015
The recent Uber ruling has shown that U.S. labor law has remained frozen and out of touch with market realities.

Instead, government's role should be to work with private groups like the Freelancers Union to protect workers who make much of their living using platforms like Uber by ensuring that they have easy access to the things that employers often provide, such as low-cost, no-frills programs for health care, savings accounts and job training. These government platforms, like many of their private counterparts, should be available to individuals regardless of their employment relationship with any company. Creating programs like these that support valuable new industries is certainly more important than trying to impose an obsolete model on a dynamic market.

 

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