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To provide a dynamic forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas, thoughts and information related to the emerging gig, on-demand, alternative and independent worker landscape (collectively, the “gig-economy”). And to educate workers and businesses on the current issues surrounding worker benefits, protection, and financial programs.
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The three biggest growth sectors for self-employed workers since 2009 have been hairdressing, cleaning and management consultancy. … The next biggest riser is “renting and operating real estate”, which could reflect people offering their homes and driveways online. On the other hand, taxi operation is the biggest faller, perhaps quelling the suggestion that Uber is taking over. FULL ARTICLE
“Many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room, designing a website … even driving their own car. 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. FULL STORY
TIME’s poll of 3,000 people, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland in late November, found that 22% of American adults, or 45 million people, have already offered some kind of good or service in this economy. And in doing so, they’ve likely made a trade-off: … working without set hours but are not afforded the safety nets that traditional 9-to-5 employees have. In return, companies like Uber and Postmates save fortunes on employee-related expenses such as payroll taxes but must give up control over exactly how and when workers do their jobs. FULL ARTICLE
Technology and innovation frequently outpace the laborious process of modernizing outdated laws. The National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. Its drafters could not have contemplated the need to define the status of entrepreneurial automobile drivers who conduct transactions directly via smartphone apps with people who need local transportation. FULL STORY
National GIG BLOG
Independent Contractor Rulemaking Coming?
Bloomberg BNA has reported that Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said the Department of Labor (DOL) is considering proposing a rule to address the joint-employer issue. In addition, Acosta stated to Bloomberg that the department may also consider using rulemaking...
Part-Time Workers That Receive Benefits Are More Willing To Work for Employers
According to Employee Benefit Adviser, the downside for many part timers is many are on shaky ground financially. They do not receive steady paychecks and any benefits they receive are often anemic compared to fulltime workers. Employers seeking to attract and retain...
Gig Workers Need Updated Employment Law, House Panel Chair Says
The head of the House workforce committee today told an audience of innovators that she would be open to updating the Fair Labor Standards Act to better serve the gig economy. “This outdated regulatory structure is complicated enough for most American workers and...
What Benefits Can Companies Offer Gig Workers?
According to a recent Society for Human Resource Management article, to maintain a healthy relationship with gig workers, employers need to offer more than good pay. But that presents a challenge: How do you offer gig workers benefits while avoiding traps that could...
15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefits Trend Study Covers GIG
The gig economy has changed expectations, according MetLife's 15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefits Trend Study. Employees do not see themselves staying in one job for very long, so flexibility about when and how they work has become an outright necessity. 51% of...
Senators Still Push for Gig Workers Rights
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, emphasized how the shared economy runs us up against 20th century labor laws and thought processes that don't necessarily mesh with the...
For Millennials, It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement
According to a recent NYT's article, the theory goes that today’s 20- or 30-somethings spend with little regard for savings and even less regard for retiring. This demographic is also a prime target age for gig workers who are just starting out on their flexible...
Data & Research: Contingent Workers Want Better Retirement Benefits
A report published by the Brookings Institution, “Retirement Plans for Contingent Workers: Issues and Options,” suggests Americans who have embraced alternative work arrangements are still substantially underserved by traditional financial services firms. According to...
4 out of 10 U.S. Workers Want to be Gig Workers
According to a recent survey conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), a staffing advisory firm based in Mountain View, California, nearly 40% of U.S. workers prefer Gig work. SIA defined contingent work as synonymous with gig work—anyone working on a temporary...
IRS Launches New Sharing Economy Resource Center on IRS.gov
Good news! The IRS has further recognized the importance of education within the sharing economy and is now taking steps to offer specific information on tax issues facing workers. The sharing economy is a special focal point for tax professionals during this summer's...
Repeal and replace of Obama rules on gig contractors? https://t.co/H3xwMt1O8t
A must-read on the current status of the Gig economy https://t.co/J3PdCLtKWa
Gig workers need updated employment law, says House Panel chair https://t.co/7oSKjzUINR
Is it possible for employers to offer gig workers benefits without making them employees? https://t.co/yuNg0e6XxM
MetLife's Benefit Trend Study talks about Gig workers and their needs. Learn more here https://t.co/9r6xRdkdKr
McKinsey and Cornell ILR talk about #GIG economy choices https://t.co/5IEHaMZTS5
Senators push for Gig rights at recent conference https://t.co/5pSsXY3Pj3
Some pointers for young workers and future savings https://t.co/KTrzjR8ARk
Will the GOP stance on GIG be different than the Dems? Probably. Any guesses how??
New report from Brookings says contingent workers want better retirement plans. https://t.co/Zkg5VDtc9H https://t.co/h2405nxibA
40% of U.S. workers want to be Gig workers according to new study. https://t.co/NH10knc6xO
Few of us are taught about #retirement. Savings tools won't make sense without guidance and most importantly - where to get guidance.
Great to see the fintech #retirement options for the #gigeconomy. Education is also critical as to how and why a worker needs this.
Streaming now: Retirement security in the new economy: Access and guarantees https://t.co/eeRgPuqqBy
https://t.co/pVpFMragWV takes step in furthering education in GIG economy. https://t.co/zIFpe32jhq
Bill HR5918 was just introduced in Congress to consider GIG workers independent contractors and not employees. https://t.co/ST4jvxXi2h
GIG firms increase their spending on lobbyists as they gear up for more change. https://t.co/IYk3Vfe45C
Is this how an employee-contractor relationship is determined? https://t.co/uSrFZJWfzH
These are 3 paths to consider to update current US Labor Law for the new #gig economy. https://t.co/rwiE1wF896
The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs, Part I | House Small Business Committee https://t.co/ZQQuP0xUZ9