Training in the gig economy

You’ve got a great idea for a gig economy business and you’re anxious to join Amazon, Uber, Lyft and a host of other companies in the sharing economy, employing independent contractors as your workforce. But wait — you also want to make sure those contractors know how to do their jobs, and represent your company well. They need training, right?

That’s where things get complicated. In the United States, most companies that rely on the sharing economy can't require their gig workers to take training.

Most gig economy jobs fall into the independent contractor category, and for good reason — companies that hire independent contractors don’t have to offer benefits. Companies pay the contractors to do a job, the contractors do the job, and that’s that. It’s a straightforward interaction not governed by labor laws.

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