If all it takes to avoid labor law is to summon your employees via an app, why isn't everyone doing it?
From the Seattle Times:
But for its drivers, many of whom struggle to piece together stable wages, Uber is the past resurrected.
As the undisputed leader of the on-demand economy, Uber argues that its innovative business model has made traditional workplace laws unnecessary. By classifying its drivers as independent contractors, Uber avoids paying millions of dollars in taxes and prevents its workers from accessing employment protections, such as wage and hour standards, safety requirements, anti-discrimination laws and the right to form a labor union.
To address this imbalance, the Seattle City Council demonstrating that local governments can also innovate in this new economy voted unanimously last December to give drivers for Uber (and its mustachioed doppelgnger, Lyft) the right to bargain collectively over wages and working conditions.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the powerful employer lobby, swiftly filed a lawsuit on the industrys behalf to block implementation of the ordinance. Though the technology fueling the on-demand economy may be new, the Chambers lawsuit recycles defunct antitrust arguments made by employers more than a century ago, during the not-so-gilded industrial era.