Wall Street Journal staffer Greg Ip looks at the sharpening debate over how to classify sharing-economy, as-needed workers, a topic that's relevant to arguments over how to classify job-based contract labor crews who work for builders on an ongoing basis.
Ip's point is that the debate over whether Uber or Lyft drivers should have vacation or health benefits traces back to a time-warp to a simpler society. Ip writes:
The controversy highlights a little-appreciated gap in the U.S. economy: its labor laws and institutions haven’t kept up with how the needs of businesses and workers have changed. In the U.S., you are either an employee, or you aren’t. What the U.S. needs, a new study says, is a new category for gig-economy jobs that blends elements of both.