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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

1 - The Rise and Scope of Gig Work Regulation


This chapter offers an overview of the legal and regulatory landscape impacting gig work in America. It covers recent developments in case law and legislation at city, state, and federal levels, as well as regulatory activity involving administrative actors like the National Labor Relations Board. The legal landscape described here provides the background for the chapters that follow. It argues that there are in fact far fewer laws regulating gig work than one might expect because of the newness of this type of labor exchange, preemption rules that make it difficult for local (and sometimes state) authorities to regulate work, and because non-work issues – consumer protection, taxation, urban infrastructure – have tended to occupy regulators’ attention.