Texas Workers Could Lose Employee Rights Under Proposed Rule For Gig-Economy Apps

Advocates are blasting the Texas Workforce Commission for creating the rule with lobbyists behind closed doors.

By Elizabeth TrovallMarch 27, 2019 7:06 am, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Workers who offer home repair, food delivery and other services through digital apps could lose certain protections under a rule proposed by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Advocates are calling on the state agency to withdraw the rule, which would classify workers as contractors, not employees, when dispatched by a digital platform.

By classifying their workers as contractors, gig-economy employers (like Uber, Lyft or Handy) wouldn’t have to pay out unemployment insurance.

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