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Online Work Platform Models and Labor-related Compliance: Why It’s Not A Contradiction in Terms

  • As online work platforms have become more visible to staffing businesses and buyers, questions have arisen as to whether these platform businesses can really act like typical staffing firms.
  • Online work platforms can act in ways that are similar to the more established, typical staffing business/compliance models such as temporary agencies.
  • While many online work platforms only support an “Open Labor Marketplace” model, others are organizing and conducting themselves in ways in which they variously assume labor-related compliance responsibilities for their clients.
  • While platforms continue to tackle compliance issues in various ways, their innovative nature will likely give rise to new compliance challenges.

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