Redefining Employment for the Modern Economy

Author(s): 
Brishen Rogers
Publication Date: 
October 26, 2016

ACS is pleased to release “Redefining Employment for the Modern Economy” by Brishen Rogers, Associate Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

With the ongoing proliferation of “platform economy” companies like Uber and Lyft, difficult questions about the precise parameters of the employment relationship continue to surface, with thus far only unsatisfactory answers. In his Issue Brief, Rogers first describes the problem of the “fissuring of employment,” explains why some proposals to address it are unsatisfactory, and puts forth recommendations for reform that would expand the definition of who is an employee so that workers are afforded the full protection of employment laws.