Should there be a “Dependent Contractor” category?

Washington Post, Uber and Jeff Bezos

Recently passed legislation requires companies to classify workers as “employees” if their work is central to the business.  But other countries handle it differently, in an Ontario Court of Appeal decision the Court made reference to a category of worker known as a “dependent contractor”.  Rules and benefits could depend on the circumstances and the extent to which the independent contractor actually looks like an employee.

A new California law threatens to hurt Uber, but according to the Washington Post, the law doesn’t apply to them. Perhaps this is because Post owner Jeff Bezos is not only a major Uber investor, but also founder and CEO of Amazon, which is also likely to also be negatively impacted by the new law?