Possible new worker classification to meet the on-demand employment paradigm.
As the virtual maid service (VMS) has risen to popularity among consumers, the worker classification issue has approached a boiling point. For the 2014 fiscal year, upwards of 10 million tax payers will identify as freelancers and include income on their taxes from a job that doesn’t quite fit all of the independent contractor rules nor all of the direct employee rules, but some combination of both.
And rather than force a square peg into a round hole, New York University School of Law professor and former chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board Wilma Liebman has before and again recommends adding a third option to the current 2-pronged worker classification: the dependent contractor.
With new forms of commerce prompting the evolution of new types of employment relationships, it is clear that disruption has made its way to federal policy-makers.