SF attorney gets fame. Everyone else gets higher costs.
Given that many attorneys are quite broke, suffer under huge student loans, lack business acumen, and still whine that social justice doesn't pay bills, it's hard to begrudge one who breaks through.
Meet labor attorney 'Sledgehammer Sharon' Liss-Riordan, the Gloria Alred of the sharing economy. Sharon is getting a lot of press for battling the giants of the sharing economy. Uber is her latest victim.
Uber, you may recall, enjoys a business model that thrives on a large and growing network of clients and workers. Theirs is a business model that considers itself above the fray of the awful regulation it is disrupting. You know, stuff like paying taxes and obeying labor laws.
Enter Sledgehammer Sharon. She wants Uber to classify its workers as W2 employees not I9 contractors. For her, Uber drivers are temp workers.
That makes Uber not just a temp staffing company, but something Scott Morefield calls a black hat staffing company, what with not paying employment taxes and worker comp.
But is Uber really infringing on the rights of its drivers? Not the drivers I talk to.
The regulatory nightmare that Sledgehammer Sharon applies to Uber hurts everyone. Especially the working stiff.
Regulation vastly increases the cost and complexity of employment, reducing demand and lowering the market equilibrium pay rate for labor. Because of heavy-handed regulation, your rank and file worker is bringing home a lot less money.
Despite the uneven playing field that Uber enjoys over traditional staffing agencies, it's a win for all if Uber beats back the parasitic regulators. Perhaps it can wield its own sledgehammers to tear down the wall of employment regulation that is impoverishing our nation's workforce.