Uber is a very successful rideshare/taxi start-up.
Anyone can work for them if they have a car and pass certain criteria.
Uber regards their drivers as contractors. It keeps Uber's costs down and provides revenue to the company and the individual. Everyone is happy, right?
Wrong. This month a labour commission in California ruled that an Uber driver was an employee.
The ruling, which Uber is appealing, is a setback for the company, but it has wider implications.
The Uber model is used by many new start-up companies. It's a disruptive approach to having a workforce. The assumption these businesses make is that the workers will not be employees - which significantly reduces expense.
Assuming more and more companies will hope to work this way, maybe it's time for a different worker classification?