Georgia residents may have an understanding of what is meant by “gig economy.” However, there is no consensus as to what the term actually means. Instead, it is used as a general way to describe work that is paid by the job rather than by the hour or some other period of time. There may be a variety of jobs within the gig economy such as working for Uber or starting an online store.
Gig economy jobs can often be dangerous, according to a representative from the National Employment Law Project. Those who deliver goods by bike or other modes of transportation may be at a higher risk of getting hurt or killed on the job. Workers within the gig economy may face further risks because they are usually classified as independent contractors. This means that they are required to take care of their own workers’ compensation and other insurance needs.
Furthermore, only employees have a right to be paid a minimum wage for their labor. This is important because higher wages may translate to increased worker safety. The city of Seattle has passed an ordinance that would make it possible for independent contractors to collectively bargain. It was designed to protect worker rights, but it has been the subject of legal challenges.
Workers may experience injuries no matter what type of tasks that they do. Depending on the circumstances, those who are hurt on the job may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, those who are classified as independent contractors might actually be employees, which make them eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Independent contractors may also be entitled to compensation if the hiring party was negligent in creating conditions that resulted in workers getting hurt.