Employee Class Actions – New Claims in the Flexible Employment Economy
With the growth of the gig economy and its reliance on pools of “on demand” workers, there has been a surge in related employee class actions. Unions have a large incentive to be involved in these disputes and have prevailed in a number of recent decisions. EPL policies, not originally designed with new forms of pleading in mind, should be stress-tested to check the extent of coverage they provide.
In this article, Wotton+Kearney partner Suzanne Craig and Special Counsel Sarah Wood analyze this trend of global proportions and discuss its ramifications to insurance carriers and their insureds.