The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just ruled that Uber drivers are, indeed, contractors and not employees. This news made Uber’s stock soar but there’s more to this than just a stock price. This ruling can impact your business if you use contractors or can affect you if you (like me) work in the so-called “gig economy.”
Uber Drivers as Contractors is Unsurprising
Many people focus on the fact that a Trump appointed NLRB General Counsel, Peter B. Robb was behind this decision, but the reality is, it’s a tough sell to argue that Uber drivers could be employees, although that was the stance of the NLRB under the Obama Administration. The NLRB expanded their definition of contractors earlier this year as well.
There are rules surrounding whether a person is a contractor (often called a 1099 employee) or an employee (often called a W2 employee). It can’t just be the decision of the employee/contractor and the company. No one can consent to give away their rights to be an employee if they meet the criteria for W2 employee. The Uber Drivers don’t because they, among other things:
To keep reading, click here: Uber Drivers Are Not Employees. What This Means for Other Gig Workers.