Poll: Should Ireland legislate for casual workers to receive employment benefits?

California has passed legislation paving the way for gig economy workers to access typical employee benefits.

By Laura Roddy Reporter, Fora

THE GIG ECONOMY has come under increased scrutiny lately, with employees paid for every task completed rather than hour of work performed and no rights to employee benefits.

Certain Silicon Valley companies like Uber and Lyft have built their business models around a market system that sees workers miss out on sick and holiday leave because they are self-employed or temporary workers.

Earlier this month, California passed a bill that makes it harder for companies to define workers as self-employed contractors than employees. It is thought that the legislation will pave the way for workers to get access to benefits in the US state.

The gig economy is under scrutiny in Ireland too, with the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act coming into force in March this year and aiming to bring rights to employees who work low hours. The law has came under criticism, however, for not supporting casual workers.

Keeping this in mind, Fora is asking our readers this week: Should Ireland legislate for casual workers to receive employment benefits?

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