The Uber-ization of your workforce (Editor's Notes)

Simply calling a worker an independent contractor doesn't make her one
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2016

There’s something so easy and appealing about Uber. You download the app, set up an account and instantly get a ride anywhere you want at the touch of a button. Plus there’s no fiddling for change or waiting for the driver to swipe your credit card at the end of the trip — you just get out and go.


Uber is the poster child for the so-called sharing economy, along with services such as Airbnb which lets you easily rent a private residence while on vacation. To say those two companies have been disruptive to the taxi and hotel industries respectively would be a massive understatement.