Currently, one of the most talked about issues in the gig economy pertains to an ongoing debate concerning “portable” benefits. Portable benefits would allow gig economy workers to have access to benefits outside a traditional employer-employee relationship and allow them to take their benefits with them from job to job. There exists an increasing trend among state and local government to explore the idea of proposing legislation to provide said benefits. These states include legislatures in Washington, New York, and New Jersey. In January 2018, Uber and SEIU jointly announced their support for Washington State to develop a portable benefits system to cover gig economy workers.
Lawscn v. Grubhub, Case No. 15-CV-05128-JSC (N.D. Cal. 2018)
On February 8, 2018, in a widely anticipated ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ruled that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee. Many leaders in the gig economy have viewed this decision with cautious optimism in defeating similar lawsuits in the future.