Simply categorizing on-demand workers as full-time employees is almost certainly too blunt an approach, and wouldn’t accurately reflect how the government should regulate the employer-employee relationship. For instance, a recent poll found that while most on-demand workers (72 percent) believe companies should be doing more to provide benefits, respondents were split on whether the government should regulate the sector.[i] Forcing businesses to treat all workers like full-time employees could severely impact businesses as well. One estimate put the additional costs of awarding employee benefits for Uber alone at $4.1 billion, an amount that could scuttle the company.[ii] [YI1]
[ii] Stephen Gandel, “Uber-nomics: Here's what it would cost Uber to pay its drivers as employees”, Fortune, September 17, 2015, http://fortune.com/2015/09/17/ubernomics/.