This short piece, scheduled to appear in the book "The Rise of Platform Cooperativism" (editors Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider), discusses the legal issues around choice of entity and governance for on-demand platforms. While platforms are currently established as for-profit businesses that typically match or hire workers, this is not the only option. Instead, new worker owned platforms are being established that could incorporate heightened labor standards. While there are no existing statues that have been written just for platform cooperatives, existing legal structures such as LLCs or B Corporations could be modified for this purpose. While not a perfect fit, these alternatives could accommodate worker-owned platforms.
Cherry, Miriam A., Legal and Governance Structures Built to Share (March 16, 2016). The Rise of Platform Cooperatives, Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider, eds., 2016.