More Republican-led states opting out of federal unemployment payments

May 14, 2021
Republican governors say the added federal benefits are discouraging people from taking jobs.
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Biden administration sends a signal about gig workers with rule rollback

May 6, 2021
The Labor Department blocked a Trump-era change that would've made it easier to classify gig workers as independent contractors.
The Trump-era rule was supported by gig platforms like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash.
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Uber to give U.K. drivers minimum wage, retirement plan and more

Uber's regional general manager said payment for these added benefits won't come from higher fees for passengers.
In this photo illustration, a closeup of an Uber app is seen on an iPhone on Feb. 19, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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New rule lets companies treat some employees as gig workers

Jan 7, 2021
Usually there are lots of benefits and protections that come with being an employee instead of a gig worker, like being paid the minimum wage.
An Uber Eats delivery worker rides an electric scooter in Manhattan in 2020.
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Gig companies throw lots of cash -- and tech -- at California ballot measure

Oct 26, 2020
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
A ride-share driver holds up a sign urging Californians to vote "no" on Prop 22 in Oakland, California, on Oct. 9, 2020.
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Federal rule on gig workers proposed, narrowing definition of employee

Sep 25, 2020
When your work is a gig instead of a job, you have fewer protections and benefits.
Air travelers wait in the ride-hailing lot at Los Angeles International Airport in August.
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The gig economy and how workers might win it back

One way to rethink the "sharing economy" involves setting up co-ops on apps.
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California court to rule on gig worker classification

Aug 5, 2020
The issue has big implications for workers' access to safety net benefits that have become crucial during the pandemic.
A driver takes part in a caravan protest against Uber and Lyft in Los Angeles. For many ride-share drivers, unemployment insurance and other benefits are major issues.
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Gig workers worry about losing federal jobless benefits

Jul 23, 2020
If the $600-a-week pandemic payment disappears, many may have trouble covering their basic expenses.
Gig workers have received unemployment benefits many would not have been entitled to before pandemic assistance began.
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