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From treatment of gig workers to tip transparency, the app-based economy could see key changes in 2022


Deliveroo, a U.K.-based food-delivery company, is among the gig companies facing rising regulatory pressure around the world. App-based “gig work” has been around for more than a decade, yet the laws around how companies should treat the people who do that work are still inconsistent — or nonexistent.

That is starting to change, though, and 2022 could be a defining year in the march toward equitable treatment of workers who deliver food, give rides and perform other tasks for companies like Uber Technologies Inc. UBER, +0.47% — which launched in 2009 — DoorDash Inc. DASH, +1.51% and Lyft Inc. LYFT, +0.58% . After California tried to set a precedent that would require companies to classify gig workers as employees, the companies fought back with Proposition 22, a big-money ballot measure that carved out exceptions for gig companies. The measure was approved by voters in 2020, but eventually was ruled unconstitutional .

That fight in California continues, while several more battles are brewing. Gig companies are trying to pass laws similar to Prop. 22 in other U.S. states, while other countries consider new rules on worker classification. There are also new regulations and court cases that could be transformative, including those addressing […]

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