- The gig economy—does litigation pose a threat?
- How much litigation is being generated by the gig economy and why? Who is bringing the claims—customers or contractors?
- What types of issues are coming up most frequently? Are different issues arising for different types of business?
- How are the courts dealing with these issues?
- Is it leading to different results in different jurisdictions?
- What does all this mean for consumers and service users?
- Could these large class action suits damage or even end the gig economy?
Employment analysis: The ‘gig economy’, which comprises of short-term and unpredictable work arrangements negotiated on online peer-to-peer marketplaces, raises a number of interesting questions about the future direction of employment law. Advocates argue that the gig economy offers boundless innovation and empowers both workers and entrepreneurs, while critics suggest that it disenfranchises the workforce and undermines workers’ rights. In the final part of our series examining the legal implications of the gig economy, Paul Kelly, partner at the employment team at Blacks Solicitors, explores whether an increase in litigation could lead the gig economy to decline as fast as it rose.
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