U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the National Council of La Raza annual conference in Kansas City

Clinton's sharing-economy remarks draw reaction in Silicon Valley

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the National Council of La Raza annual conference in Kansas CityBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s comments on Monday on the sharing economy struck a nerve in Silicon Valley, home of such companies as Uber, Instacart and Airbnb.    “This ‘on demand,’ or so-called ‘gig economy,’ is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future,” Clinton said in her first major economic speech as a Democratic candidate for the November 2016 presidential election. Sharing economy companies like ride service Uber and home rental service Airbnb typically rely on independent contractors rather than full- or part-time employees. The companies argue that they offer workers greater flexibility, but others say the workers miss out on key benefits such as workers’ compensation.

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