Some contractors worry California’s AB 5 will limit their flexibility

Sep 11, 2019
Advocates say it will provide vital benefits to misclassified workers. But drivers, nail technicians and other gig workers don't want to endanger their ability to set their own hours.
Under the new California bill, nail salons would have to classify their technicians as employees. Above, a nail salon in San Francisco.
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Tech is helping house cleaners get benefits

Mar 26, 2019
The new platform Alia allows gig workers to earn paid time off and some types of insurance.
Olivia Mejia, a house cleaner in Brooklyn, logs into the Alia platform on her phone. She has taken out life insurance and accident insurance through the platform.
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Bernie Sanders wants to tax companies whose workers rely on public assistance

Sep 6, 2018
His bill is called the "Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies," or "Stop BEZOS" Act.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (C) pauses during a news conference at the Capitol March 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.  
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If you work for a company that works for Microsoft, your benefits package just got better

Aug 30, 2018
Why the company's paid parental leave policy for its suppliers could be a game changer.
People walk past the Microsoft store on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in June in New York City.
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Men make more from their side hustles

Jun 26, 2018
A new survey from Bankrate.com finds nearly four in ten Americans have a side hustle. It’s a thing for millennials … and lots of other people too. Most do it to pad their income but nearly 40 percent take on extra…

Congress looks at capping your annual 401(k) contribution

Oct 24, 2017
What alternatives are out there?
There is a “considerable amount of concern that middle-income Americans are not saving enough for their retirement,” says Joseph Cordes of George Washington University.
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Is it a job or a 'good job'?

Oct 19, 2016
The Marketplace-Edison Research Economic Poll finds that health benefits and a good working environment are priorities.
In our most recent national survey — the Marketplace-Edison Research poll — a majority of respondents' top expectations from employers included health insurance and a healthy work environment that makes you feel valued.
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What's a "good job"?

Oct 18, 2016
The Marketplace-Edison Research Economic Poll finds that health benefits and a good working environment are among the top attributes of a "good job."
Seventy-three percent of respondents in our economic research poll said health benefits are "essential" to a good job.
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More people than ever are working from home

Sep 6, 2016
A new study finds the number of companies offering the benefit has tripled.
Over the past two decades, the number of companies that allow employees to telecommute has tripled.
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