ACI Files Comments Regarding Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Re: (RIN) 1235-AA34, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) These comments are submitted on behalf of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization, with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking […]

Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

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 […]

The Gig Economy Relies on Fintech Options

Right now, more than one in three U.S. workers are engaged in some kind of freelancing or project-based work, either as a primary or secondary job. By 2020, half of the U.S. workers will be freelancers, if the trend continues to grow at its current pace. For the millions of workers in this gig economy, […]

Gig Workers and The Benefits They Want

Some people choose to work as an independent contractor (e.g. Gig worker).  The choice to be a self-employed worker or free-lancer has been an option for decades, especially in fields such as construction, entertainment, and commissioned sales.  Those arrangements are still viable. The self-employed format has also attracted people with skills in the information technology, […]