University of Pennsylvania
Employment Law: The Gig Economy
University of Pennsylvania

Employment Law: The Gig Economy

Taught in English


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Deepa Das Acevedo

Instructor: Deepa Das Acevedo

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
10 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to this course on The Gig Economy! In this introductory module, we will introduce the concept of gig work and examine how it has evolved. Then, we will discuss why the gig economy is relevant to businesses today. Finally, we will explore how the gig economy poses a regulatory challenge to the US legal system.

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6 videos3 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

This module explores how employment status classifications pose a threat to the gig economy. Namely, we will discuss how Court rulings have evolved overtime, attempting to decide gig work employment classification with a series of legal tests. Then, we will explore the implications of Dynamex on the future of gig work regulation. Finally, we will explain why the Control Test is insufficient, proposing alternative solutions.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz

This module begins by exploring the regulatory framework covering workers with “EE” status. Even though such a status change is unlikely to happen, we will then discuss how giving gig workers “EE” status could change their collective bargaining power. We will detail a few union-like alternatives for gig workers. Finally, we will use Seattle as a case study to compare how gig worker’s protection has progressed in the US vs other countries.

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4 videos4 readings1 quiz

In this final module, we will cover how gig work employment status classification eliminates certain protections available for other workers. Specifically, we will analyze how legal gaps have left space for gig worker discrimination. Finally, we will discuss how gig economy workers don’t have access to employment benefits offered to other workers such as unemployment insurance and retirement among other things.

What's included

10 videos2 readings1 quiz


Deepa Das Acevedo
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