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How We Shop

Shopping in the gig economy after retirement

by Sean McHenry Dec 13, 2019
One retiree earns a little extra with a shopping app.
Shipt bags on display.
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Government shutdown 2019

For government contractors, shutdown debt can linger

by Rose Conlon Nov 18, 2019
Lila Johnson is still paying back the money she borrowed last shutdown.
Lila Johnson, a 72-year-old custodian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said she would retire if she could afford it.
Jay Mallin/Service Employees International Union

Lyft drivers question the bonus payment system for high-demand areas

by Sonja Hutson Sep 13, 2019
Lyft says it’s a more equitable way to give out bonuses for rides, but some drivers say it’s eating into their profits.
Lyft driver Lauren Swiger speaks at a protest outside Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco, demanding higher pay, benefits and a driver union.
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Some contractors worry California’s AB 5 will limit their flexibility

by Ben Bradford 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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How big is the gig economy?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 11, 2019
Estimates of the size of the workforce depend on how freelance or "independent contractor" work is defined.
A California bill is redefining what it means to be a gig economy worker. Above, an Uber Eats rider delivering food.
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California gig worker law to be decided this week

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 9, 2019
A bill that could force companies to reclassify workers as employees looks poised to win approval this week.
Uber and Lyft drivers protest at Los Angeles International Airport over what they say are unfair wages.
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Which industries are recession-proof?

by Janet Nguyen and Bennett Purser Sep 6, 2019
Marketplace listeners share their thoughts on how a recession would affect them.
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The Big Book

How Uber uberfied us all

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 3, 2019
The rise of rideshare company Uber was meteoric. And so was its fall.
The Uber banner hangs outside of the New York Stock Exchange before the opening bell as the ride-hailing company makes its highly anticipated initial public offering in May 2019 in New York City.
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California law puts home cooks in the gig economy

by Larry Buhl Aug 27, 2019
A California "microenterprise" permit allows people to sell the food they prepare at home directly to consumers.
Meghan McConaghy serves up tacos at her home in West Vale, California. She was one of the first people in the state to obtain a microenterprise home kitchen permit to sell her food.
Larry Buhl

Could the gig be up for Uber and Lyft?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 9, 2019
A law under consideration in California would require the companies to classify their drivers as employees.
A woman holds up a sign as people protest outside Uber's corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California in May 2019.
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