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Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts

via The Washington Post

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In a speech on Monday at the New School in Manhattan, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the on-demand economy, arguing that despite great innovation, many companies reliant on this new type of labor are repressing middle-class wage growth.  The speech was viewed as a direct shot at Uber, which has faced a series of lawsuits claiming they misclassify the vast majority of their workers

During the speech, former Secretary of State Clinton said:

“Many Americans are making extra money renting out a small room, designing websites, selling products they design themselves at home, or even driving their own car.  This on-demand, or so-called ‘gig economy,’ is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation. But it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.

Fair pay and fair scheduling, paid family leave and earned sick days, child care are essential to our competitiveness and growth.”

Clinton vowed to “crack down on employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors,” which she rightly labeled as a form of wage theft.

Sen. Rand Paul blasted Clinton on Twitter following her remarks for “questioning the business model of the on-demand economy when she hasn’t driven her own car since 1996.” This, of course, has nothing to do with the incredibly troubling issue of employee misclassification.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees President Matthew Loeb, on the other hand, praised Clinton for speaking out against misclassification:

“We are facing a growing trend of shameless companies misclassifying our members — in a variety of professions from broadcast technicians to stage hands — as independent contractors,” he said. “In misclassifying workers to reduce labor costs, companies deny middle class workers their hard-earned area standard wages and many critical benefits, including healthcare, pension qualification and unemployment and disability insurance.

All middle class Americans should applaud Secretary Clinton for raising this worker misclassification issue,” said Loeb. “She clearly has their interests at heart. By speaking out, she is standing with them in the fight to enable their families to live with dignity.”


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