US$100-million Uber deal 'game-changer' (Guest Commentary)

Presages possible emergence of third classification of worker in gig economy
By Richard Meneghello and John Polson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

Ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary US$100-million agreement to settle claims alleging it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. 

Because the settlement involves the foremost business entity in the new gig economy, this is a groundbreaking agreement that could provide guidance to many other emerging businesses that take advantage of the sharing environment. 

For all other businesses, it serves as a stark reminder of the pitfalls that can result from inappropriately categorizing workers as contractors.