The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 in California, provides a crystal ball that reveals the real economic damage that crackdowns on the gig economy can cause for both employers and employees by imposing extra hiring costs. This op-ed is available in Inside Sources.
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]