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The gig economy—examining the gig

Published on: 13 October 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The gig economy—examining the gig
  • What are the benefits and risks for companies of setting up a business in the gig economy?
  • What legal issues have arisen for those companies working in the gig economy?
  • What legal responsibilities do they have for those working for their business? Are there issues surrounding the adherence to health and safety laws? Pension requirements? Data protection?
  • How are companies attempting to navigate these legal issues in the context of the gig economy? Have there been any notable cases dealing with these issues?
  • How do you see this area developing in the coming years?

Article summary

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. As part of our series examining the legal implications of the gig economy, Annie Powell, solicitor at Leigh Day, examines the accuracy of term gig economy and looks at the potential interventionist role for the government. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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