For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping. 

Congress should establish basic protections to empower platforms to expand health and safety-related equipment and benefits to independent contractors without triggering additional regulatory burdens and without depriving these workers of the flexibility and autonomy they value.

Read this opinion piece in Real Clear Policy.