Three Paths to Update U.S. Labor Law for the Gig Economy: Adapt It, Fix It, or Suspend It

EDT
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20515
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The U.S. labor market has diversified considerably in recent decades, and more workers now fall somewhere between full-time employees of a single company and freelance contractors serving their own set of customers. Although Internet platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit still represent only a small fraction of this intermediate market, their rapid growth has shined a bright light on the shortcomings of current labor law.

Please join ITIF to discuss a new report arguing that the common law-based distinction between employees and independent contractor no longer serves workers or companies well and should be updated. A panel of experts will discuss failures of current labor law and three alternative paths to update it for the gig economy: first, adapt it by creating a new category of worker between full-time employee and independent contractor; second, fix it by tailoring each of the country’s major labor laws to achieve their specific goals; or, third, suspend it by temporarily exempting gig economy Internet platforms from ill-fitting labor laws.

Speakers: 
Darrell Issa
Representative (R-CA)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Ross Eisenbrey
Vice President
Economic Policy Institute
Panelist
Seth Harris
Counsel
Dentons
Panelist
Joe Kennedy
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator
Jon Lieber
United States Director
Eurasia Group
Panelist