Gig economy is no excuse for lax protections for
American workers

by David Weil. The Hill, 4.16.18.

The Colorado state Senate recently passed legislation based on the proposition that in the brave new economy, platform business models that provide flexible employment opportunities can require their workers to bear the downside risks of wage theft, unemployment, injuries, and even sexual harassment at the workplace. This simplistic tradeoff is not only wrong, it's dangerous.

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David Weil is Dean and Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He served as US Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the last three years of the Obama administration. He is a leading international expert on workplace and labor market policy and was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business before coming to Brandeis. The materials on this site arise from analysis contained in The Fissured Workplace and a growing body of research regarding the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses. It also discusses approaches to dealing with the fissured workplace developed during the Obama administration as well as new ideas and efforts being discussed and undertaken today. 


Worker deaths continue to rise in Mass.,” by Katie Johnson, Boston Globe. 4.26.18. Read the article.

“White House Aims to Staff Up Wage & Hour Division,” by Ben Penn, Bloomberg Law. 4.4.18. Read the article.

“Gig Economy Renews Debate Over Whether Contractors Are Really Employees,” by Yuki Noguchi, NPR. 3.7.18. Hear or read the piece.

“A Horrifying Path to America for Hotel Workers,” by Ariel Ramchandani, The Atlantic. 3.1.18. Read the article.

“Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law,” 
by Marianne Levine, Politico. 2.18.18. Read the piece.

“The Future of Work,” David Weil interviewed on Matt Townsend Show 
on byuradio. 2.16.18. Listen to the piece.


“Lots of Employees Get Misclassified as Contractors. Here’s Why It Matters,” Harvard Business Review. 7.5.17. Read the article.

“How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work,” Harvard Business Review. 3.3.17. Read the article.

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