10/23 update: As the public awaits a preliminary report on an accident cause, two recommendations after a 2015 crash would have affected the recent one.
Recognizing many businesses within the sharing economy (e.g. Uber and Lyft) wrongly designate their employees as independent contractors, the NLA is acting to protect American workers and the rights afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution.
With this petition, The NLA is not asking additional legislation be put into place to regulate Transportation Networking Companies and other companies within the sharing economy. Rather, the NLA simply requests the practices of these companies are investigated, and existing Department of Labor (DOL) standards are enforced. All operators within the NLA adhere to these standards and provide qualifying workers with all benefits required by law such as proper insurance coverage, workman's compensation, and healthcare.
While the organizations themselves may state otherwise, many workers within the sharing economy work more than 40 hours per week and are instructed to behave in a manner more consistent with the legal definition of an employee, versus that of an independent contractor. The NLA staunchly objects to the fact these employees are denied their basic benefits, and feels these organizations are damaging the economy by cheating everyday Americans.
As with all We the People efforts, this petition must gain 100,000 signatures over the course of the next 30 days in order to obtain an official response from The White House. The NLA encourages all citizens who support our constitutional rights to please click HERE to sign the petition.
Source: NLA press release
Related Topics: DOL issues. Department of Labor, duty of care, employee vs independent contractor, federal regulations, independent contractor issues, industry politics, labor laws, Lyft, National Limousine Association, TNCs, Uber
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