Determining whether or not your current – or future – job is the right one for you, depends on quite a few different factors. Some employees value flexibility more than others, whereas most people stay at their current job because of the high wages. For others, room for growth is the main factor for staying on board or jumping ship. But in the on-demand economy, none of these factors are even remotely guaranteed.
Ensuring The Quality and Circumstances of On-Demand Jobs
Unprecedented flexibility sounds great on paper, as it gives employees of companies such as Uber total freedom in terms of how they earn additional income. But for some people these on-demand jobs have become a full-time employment, which makes this unprecedented freedom a whole different ball game.
Setting a new standard for on-demand employee time management is a tool many people have been looking for, for quite some time now. The National Domestic Workers Alliance has announced an initiative looking to accomplish exactly that. Such an initiative would accomplish much more than just improving time management, but also set up a platform to determine minimum wages, overtime compensation, and other important aspects of a professional career.
Furthermore, individuals under “employment” by on-demand services such as Uber are not entitled to join a union, nor do they receive any of the benefits offered by self-employment or regular employment. Despite best efforts from these on-demand companies, regulation is keeping them from exploring the boundaries of what is possible under the current legislation.
The Good Code, as this standard for on-demand workers, is called, will focus the core values of business life, including transparency, a live-able wage, growth and development. Bringing such a powerful, yet delicate initiative to fruition is a direct result of months of hard work, talks with tech companies, and trying to find solutions that work for all parties involved.
Even though none of the committed companies are being named, the overall response has been incredibly positive. Whether or not this code will become an overarching framework for the on-demand economy remains to be seen, but the foundation is being laid to further improve proper work conditions.
Suffering From The Same Type of Overregulation as Bitcoin?
Despite the positive feeling, for the time being, it remains to be seen how much government officials want to amend these proposals. Ever since the Bitcoin regulation process began, there were early positive signs as well. However, once the final regulatory framework was announced, things took a turn for the worse.
It is important to sit down with industry experts, albeit this is only one part of the story. Government officials are, for the most part, stuck in a backwards way of regulating new technologies, and the final regulatory framework for the on-demand economy might suffer a similar fate.
That being said, the Good Code has one major supporter in none other than US President Barack Obama. However, that won’t keep individual states from drafting their own regulatory requirements for on-demand companies and service providers. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Source: CNN Money
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