You call it the gig economy, California calls it 'feudalism'

A Bill will drive a debate over how to reshape US labour laws so workers get their fair share in a service and knowledge economy

Labour leaders cheered in the balcony and lawmakers embraced on the floor of the California Senate on Tuesday as it passed a landmark measure that defines employees, a move that could increase wages and benefits for hundreds of thousands of struggling workers.

But the Bill is as much a starting point as an endgame: It will drive a debate across the US over how to reshape labour laws fashioned in the industrial era of the 1930s to fit a 21st-century service and knowledge economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2019, with the headline 'You call it the gig economy, California calls it 'feudalism''. Print Edition | Subscribe