Gig Economy

 

The Gig Economy Assignment

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LEG. 500: ASSIGNMENT #2 GUIDE

The topic for this Assignment is The Gig Economy. This topic also should serve as your

Running Head.

Follow the assignment Instructions closely. These instructions include the number of pages of

the Memorandum you are assigned to write.

Pay particular attention formatting requirements as follows:

(1) The memorandum must be four (4) pages long. This number of pages does not include

the title page (cover page) and the reference page.

(2) Must strictly follow the APA Writing Style, using Times New Roman font (size 12).

(3) Needless to say, the memo must be typed and double spaced.

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STRUCTURE OF THE MEMORANDUM

(START THIS ON PAGE 2. PAGE 1 IS YOUR COVER PAGE)

MEMORANDUM

DATE: November 20, 2017 (USE THIS ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE)

TO: The General Manager

Investment Firm

FROM: (Your Name)

SUBJECT: Evaluation of Uber’s Legal Exposure for the Conduct of Drivers

Summary of the Main Principles of Agency

The purpose of this section of the memo is twofold: to serve as your Introduction (include

historical background of Uber); and to test your knowledge of the Principles of Agency law.

The following are the basic Principles of Agency law:

1. Agency is the fiduciary relationship which results from these preconditions:

(a) the manifestation of consent of one person (principal) that

(b) another person (the agent) shall act on behalf and

(c) subject to the control of the principal, and (d) consent by the agent so to act.

Thus note:

(i) Manifestation of the principal that the agent will act on his behalf. Thus, the agent is

given the authority to act on behalf of the principal.

(ii) Consent by the agent to act on behalf of the principal.

(iii) The agent must be subject to the control of the principal.

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2. LIABILITY OF PRINCIPAL TO THIRD PARTIES IN CONTRACT:

BASIC PRINCIPLES:

(a) Principals are liable to third parties for contracts entered into by their agents when acting

with authority, whether or not disclosed, or under estoppel.

(b) Agent’s authority to bind the principal in contract:

ACTUAL Authority:

(i) Express Authority

(ii) Implied Authority

(iii) Apparent Authority – based on Principal’s manifestations to third parties

3. LIABILITY OF PRINCIPAL TO THIRD PARTIES IN TORT

(i) Principals are liable for torts of their agents and servants.

(ii) INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Independent Contractor is not subject to principal’s controls over the physical conduct of

the task. For this reason, the principal and agent relationship does not exist between the principal and agent relationship does not exist between the principal and independent

contractor. Under such circumstances, the principal is not responsible and held liable for the alleged negligence for the independent contractor.

Analysis of the Circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of its

drivers.

In this section use your knowledge of the above main principles of agency law to advise the

investment firm general manager regarding the circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of its drivers.

Identification of the steps Uber can take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its

drivers.

This is the last section before the reference page of your memo. Again, use the knowledge you have gained from the agency principles to identify the steps Uber can take to limit its legal

exposure for the conduct of its drivers. Uber would be required to give public notice regarding steps it can take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers.

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Recommendations

Your memo must provide recommendations based on your overall analysis.

References

Follow instructions regarding the number and quality of references.

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