The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #02063

Submission Number:
02063
Commenter:
Hays Witt
Organization:
Partnership for Working Families
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We urge the FTC to thoroughly investigate the on-demand economy's impact on urban workers, small businesses, renters, and consumers. In particular, we urge the FTC to pursue action in three key areas: Ensure a level regulatory playing field between on-demand companies and established industries in their sectors. Require that on-demand companies supply municipalities and the public with the data needed to fully understand the impact of their operations and develop effective regulatory responses. Ensure a level playing field for on-demand workers by requiring that on-demand companies meet their full obligations as employers, regardless of what platform or app-based dispatch system is used, and regardless of technical employment classification. Please see full comment attached.