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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An algorithm determines gig workers' pay — and they don't like it

Jul 13, 2020
Gig workers' livelihoods are increasingly ruled by mysterious — and unpredictable — software.
Drivers protest Uber and Lyft pay policies at LAX in 2019.
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Why some gig workers are getting less in unemployment benefits

They're eligible for assistance due to the pandemic, but a snag in the system may keep them from getting it.
Gig workers have received unemployment benefits many would not have been entitled to before pandemic assistance began.
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"Tip baiting" is just the latest battle over tips among gig workers

Apr 10, 2020
Gig platforms have long been ambivalent about encouraging tips that many workers depend on.
An Uber Eats delivery worker on March 19 in New York City.
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California gig worker law to be decided this week

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.
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