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SF’s gig economy comes into focus

July 5, 2016

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

More and more residents in San Francisco are earning supplemental income from digital platforms like Airbnb and Uber, but as this new economy grows, so do the regulation challenges.

That’s why a new task force is being announced Tuesday to help the mayor and Board of Supervisors craft policies around the growing gig economy in a city already torn over how to regulate and tax technology companies.

Airbnb, for example, spent millions of dollars to defeat a ballot measure last year increasing short-term rental regulations, and filed a lawsuit last month against San Francisco after a new law was approved by city legislators requiring short-term rental companies to verify users are legally registered with The City before using their platforms or face penalties.

Meanwhile, a proposed 1.5 percent payroll tax on tech companies could go before San Francisco voters in November.

The gig economy is a term used to describe the economic activity of people who use digital platforms to earn income. In San Francisco, that means those who drive for Uber or Lyft, sell products via Etsy or Ebay, or rent rooms in their home using Airbnb, as well as others…  (more)

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