Legal liability and the gig economy

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Uber is largely hailed as the advent of the gig economy, which is the idea that people do not work as permanent employees for one employer but instead work in a labor market characterized by short-term contracts or freelance work. While creating a new type of entrepreneurship for individuals, a gig economy raises a host of new legal questions about the law of agency for companies utilizing gig workers.

Your boss at an investment firm has asked you to evaluate Uber’s legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers, given the information below and identify, and to explain the law and legal liability in this vast new gig economy world.

Write a 3–4 page interoffice memo in which you do the following:

  1. Summarize the main principles of agency law as they relate to Uber’s relationship with its drivers.
  2. Analyze the circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of a driver who, while intoxicated, caused an accident involving personal property damage and bodily injury.
  3. Identify the steps Uber can take, if any, to limit its legal exposure due to the conduct of its drivers.

Use the Strayer Library to conduct your research. Include at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not count as quality references.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course.
  • Your news brief or memo should include a heading, summary statement, background, and recommendations.
  • Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Cite your references following Strayer Writing Standards. The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows:

  • Establish what liability concerns exist for a specific business based on agency law.

Assignment 3 – Guide and Expectations

Legal Liability and the Gig Economy (190 points) due end of Week 7

TO: Professor Lori Baggot

FROM: Your Name Here

DATE: The date here

Ride sharing companies are largely hailed as the advent of the gig economy, which is the idea that people do not work as permanent employees for one employer but instead work in a labor market characterized by short-term contracts or freelance work. While creating a new type of entrepreneurship for individuals, a gig economy raises a host of new legal questions about the law of agency for companies utilizing gig workers.

Widgets operates a ride-sharing business in a small town.  Your boss at an investment firm has asked you to evaluate Widget’s legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers, given the information below and identify, and to explain the law and legal liability in this vast new gig economy world.

Write a 3 to 4-page interoffice memo in which you do the following:

1. Summarize the main principles of agency law as they relate to Widgets’ relationship with its drivers. (30%)

Consider the issues below when formulating your answer: Foundation from reading Chapter 16. What is meant by the Principal-Agent relationship? What are the duties of each? Are Widgets driver’s agents? What is the law as to deeming one an employee versus an independent contractor?

2. Analyze the circumstances under which Widgets might be liable for the conduct of a driver who, while intoxicated, caused an accident involving personal property damage and bodily injury.

(30%)

Consider the issues below when formulating your answer: What is the law when it comes to liability for a Principal for an agent’s tort? What is drunk driving? What civil remedies are there for an injured passenger today?

3. Identify the steps Widgets should take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers. (30%).

Consider the issues below when formulating your answer: This is your recommendation section based on research. How to limit legal exposure and mitigate risks for liability? What is the difference between an employee versus independent contractor and can a driver be both?

4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment and follow Strayer Writing Standards for citing sources. (5%)

Quality resources are course textbook, published books, academic journal articles, case law and expert reports. Be sure to include a Source Page and follow SWS. Wikipedia is not a valid source for this paper. Failure to cite sources in the text of the paper will result in a zero grade and resubmission. The late penalty policy will apply.

The following citation will not be accepted: citing a website only as: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona

 Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements (5%)

Do’s

· Start your Assignment early (Do not wait to start 48 hours before the Assignment is due).

· Discuss each question equally – for example do not write 2 pages for question 1, and 2 sentences for question 3.

· Your discussion should be based on your research of the law and facts.

· Ensure you submitted the correct paper. Check your grade book for the paper after you submit.

· Use the help provided to you such as Grammarly and the online tutor.

Don’ts

· DO NOT WRITE THE QUESTIONS OF THE ASSIGNMENT IN THIS PAPER.

· Do not write an announcement in your paper, for example, “In this paper I will discuss the law on agency.” This may increase your SafeAssign score.

· Do not write about your personal experiences in your paper.

· Do not use irrelevant diagrams, charts or pictures in your paper.

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