Out of >30 contracts I had, only 1 resulted in a dispute, and it was decided in my favor.
I do agree the whole monitoring thing is absurd and I generally don't take jobs from clients that demand hours to be logged through the monitoring app.
If you want to see how the jungle looks like, please have a go at freelancer.com.
I once had a client who, at the negotiation of the contract, wanted me to work from an "office" (an in-laws quarters) for a specific set of hours each week. His desire for that was because he wanted to make sure he was getting his money's worth; that if I said I was charging him for 10 hours, I was spending 10 hours on the task.
I told him that, along with other stipulations, would qualify me as an employee. He and his fiance/business partner insisted it didn't. That was troubling because his fiance was a lawyer.
I declined to take the project.
Isn’t like 9/10 jobs there require you to use the monitoring?