Employee or Independent Contractor?

How to stop the share economy from harming workers 

Christian Science MonitorFrom the Christian Science Monitor, Robert Reich proposes that whoever pays more than half of someone’s income should be responsible for the labor protections and safety net for the work.  He writes:

Courts are overflowing with lawsuits over whether companies have misclassified “employees” as “independent contractors,” resulting in a profusion of criteria and definitions.

We should aim instead for simplicity: Whoever pays more than half of someone’s income, or provides more than half their working hours should be responsible for all the labor protections and insurance an employee is entitled to.

In addition, to restore some certainty to people’s lives, we need to move away from unemployment insurance and toward income insurance.

Say, for example, your monthly income dips more than 50 percent below the average monthly income you’ve received from all the jobs you’ve taken over the preceding five years. With income insurance, y

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