More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
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.
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
When your work is a gig instead of a job, you have fewer protections and benefits.
The issue has big implications for workers' access to safety net benefits that have become crucial during the pandemic.
If the $600-a-week pandemic payment disappears, many may have trouble covering their basic expenses.
Gig workers' livelihoods are increasingly ruled by mysterious — and unpredictable — software.
They're eligible for assistance due to the pandemic, but a snag in the system may keep them from getting it.
Gig platforms have long been ambivalent about encouraging tips that many workers depend on.