Being Freelancer, Uber, Your rights: Presidential Election, Laws, etc.

1099 Employees Need Rights

The proper classification of employees will continue to be a problem. Today you are either a W-2 or a 1099. Freelancers (1099s) who are Drivers, delivery guys, waiters are dealing live with few rights and protection. In some cases they receive low wages. In other cases they receive a small percentage of the transaction. In both cases, they do not receive money for their expenses that help them do their job better. They do not receive compensation for gas, oil changes, car repairs, and, of course, insurance. They also handle their own tax information. Even though there are sites and software that might help them with legal and financial issues, they still need to dedicate time to these things. I guess you could argue, though, that these items should be paid for by the freelancer since he is managing his own business his own work. However, having them pay for gas, oil changes, car repairs makes little sense, especially if they are using their car for their Uber or Lyft work 50+% of the time.

The proper classification of employees will continue to be a problem. Today you are either a W-2 or a 1099. Freelancers (1099s) who are Drivers, delivery guys, waiters are dealing live with few rights and protection. In some cases they receive low wages. In other cases they receive a small percentage of the transaction. In both cases, they do not receive money for their expenses that help them do their job better. They do not receive compensation for gas, oil changes, car repairs, and, of course, insurance. They also handle their own tax information. Even though there are sites and software that might help them with legal and financial issues, they still need to dedicate time to these things. I guess you could argue, though, that these items should be paid for by the freelancer since he is managing his own business his own work. However, having them pay for gas, oil changes, car repairs makes little sense, especially if they are using their car for their Uber or Lyft work 50+% of the time.

We will see more and more Freelancers try and protect themselves and challenge the larger companies in court. A favorable ruling recently in California might start a domino effect and change things. Protecting the 1099s, who make up 40% of the workforce, is a national issue and I am hoping it becomes a main topic for discussion in the upcoming Presidential election. Unfortunately, the Clintons, the Trumps and the Bushes have offered few solutions. (I would give them a pass if they were talking about Environmental and Infrastructure Issues, but they are not even doing that).

The Ubers, the Lyfts, etc. continue to grow. We need a national policy to protect the new Freelance economy. We need to figure out how can we develop safety nets to protect these workers right.