Hiring Labor On The Workforce Essay

2373 Words Oct 9th, 2016 10 Pages
Introduction The individuals that make up the workforce have evolved greatly over the last few decades. This includes how they work, where they work, and who they work for. The unique developing labor force is also growing at a rapid pace. According to a report by Emergent Research and MBO Partners, there are approximately 30 million full-time and part-time independent workers in the “gig economy” (Gillespie, 2016). The gig economy is an environment where temporary positions are common and companies contract directly with independent workers for a short time (whatis.techtarget.com). To simplify, the gig economy is hiring labor on demand. Examples of workers in the gig economy include drivers for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar; freelancers such as writers and photographers; workers for temp agencies; people who rent using Airbnb; dog walkers; yoga instructors; tutors (Spiggle, 2016). The trend of nontraditional workers in the gig economy is largely misunderstood under labor relations as well as employers. It is critical for employers to understand their workforce and to properly evaluate the benefits and potential risks in using different types of workers. On the other side, labor relations needs to recognize how to classify the newer workforce and how to effectively organize them. This paper will break down the definition of an employee under current labor laws and juxtapose that with an independent contractor. It will also examine the pros and cons of the work force…

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