The rise of new technology and changing patterns of work have always co-existed. The rise of platform work and the so-called ‘gig economy’ has brought with it challenges to existing conceptions of work and the law which regulates it, and has upended the existing legal order. In this course, we examine the new modes of work in the gig economy, together with new attempts by civil society, as well as legal and political actors, to regulate it.
The following topics will be covered:
- Purposes and theories underpinning the regulation of work
- What is the gig economy?
- What is work in the gig economy?
- Minimum work entitlements: who can access them and what are they?
- The legal distinction between employment and other work relationships
- Legal regulation of work in the gig economy
- Case study: transportation
- Case study: disability support work
- Case study: freelance work
- Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: perspectives from the United Kingdom
- Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: perspectives from Canada
- Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: innovative Australian approaches
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically analyse patterns of work in the gig economy and their legal regulation
- Critically analyse and evaluate the law in the context of the public policy challenges posed by work in the gig economy
- Plan and execute the outcomes of independent research and critically reflect on the material in an extended piece of writing
- Develop and use communication skills to solve complex legal and regulatory problems
- Multiple choice quizzes comprising (1) questions based on complex fact scenarios and (2) questions aimed at testing general knowledge for each three-topic block (four in total), worth 7.5% each (30) [LO 1,4]
- Research essay or law reform submission (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.
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