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Who gets "deactivated"?

Mar 29, 2021
App-based gig workers for Amazon, Uber, Lyft and more. Here's how it works.
An Uber Eats delivery worker riding an electric scooter in New York City in March.
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What is the "Save America's Pastime Act"?

Mar 17, 2021
It's the carveout that allows minor league baseball to avoid minimum wage laws — and it's one of many.
Minor league baseball is one of several industries with a carveout from minimum wage laws.
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What's the "sweating system"?

Mar 10, 2021
They're not called "sweatshops" because they're warm.
Women work at a sweatshop sewing clothes under contract with local clothing manufacturers in Manila on July 12, 2013.
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What does it mean to be paid a "piece rate"?

Legally, anyone who’s paid a piece rate must still make at least minimum wage. And companies are expected to have done the calculation.
Laborers in a garment factory in Asulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 7, 2020.
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What's a "core competence"?

Feb 24, 2021
One paper from 1990 changed business — and this thing we call employment — as we know it.
Employees work on the Honda Civic production line at the automaker's Dongfeng Honda factory in Wuhan, China in 2017.
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What's a "nonemployee"?

Jan 29, 2021
Well, not an employee, for starters. But to really understand the word and its implications, we have to look back to 19th-century labor law.
Employee or nonemployee?
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