Is It Finally Time to Fear the Robots?

A better-run IRS would devote much more in the way of resources to investigating "independent contractor" fraud and abuse: Corey Husak: How U.S. Companies Harm Workers By Making Them Pretending That They Are Independent Contractors: "Being classified as either an employee or an independent contractor can determine whether workers in the United States have access to reliable pay, benefits, and protection from discrimination. Intense fights are cropping up across the country as companies try to argue that their workers are just “independent contractors” and do not qualify for many protections under U.S. labor law, while workers and some courts say the opposite, that some workers are actually employees. Many “gig economy” companies, such as Uber Technologies Inc., base their business models around misclassifying their workers as self-employed. Billions of dollars in worker pay is at stake...

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